15 November 2012

Uganda: Ebola Kills Two in Luweero

Another outbreak of Ebola fever has been confirmed in the district of Luweero. ( Resource: Ebola Outbreak Confirmed in Uganda

LUWEERO authorities are on high alert following the death of two members of the same family due to the deadly hemorraghic Ebola fever in Nyimbwa sub-county over the last few days.

This latest incidence happened in Sombwe Parish about 40km north of Kampala. Joseph Okware, the Luwero District Health Officer Wednesday confirmed that the dead are members of the same family. He said Gladys Namakula and Rehemah Najjemba of Kikyusa village died and were buried on 10th and 12th respectively.

Okware said that the two are said to having got the virus from their brother who had been admitted to hospital and October.

It is now about two months after the country was declared Ebola free by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Okware said the deceased blood samples were taken to Uganda Virus Research Institute and tested. He said that other members of the family have been admitted at Bombo Military Hospital.

He said that 40 other people who were in close contact with the deceased are being closely monitored by the surveillance team from WHO, and Ministry of Health among others.

Residents said one other family member identified only as Kabugo, a boda boda rider in Bombo town council died on November 7, after pesenting with symptoms of ebola like vomiting, high fever, vomiting blood, and severe chest pain.

The Public Relation Officer, of the ministry of health, Rukia Nakamatte said that the ministry has sent a technical team to do surveillance work on ground.

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