Yellow Fever Kills 45 in Northern Uganda‎

Published on Monday 3rd January 2011

The yellow fever death toll in northern Uganda has risen to 48, the director general of Health Services, Dr. Nathan Mugisha, has said. He adds that the number of those infected by the deadly viral disease has also escalated to 190.

The epidemic is confined in the 10 northern Uganda districts. Mugisha names the affected districts as Abim, Agago, Lamwo, Pader, Kitgum, Gulu, Arua, Kaabong, Kotido and Lira.

The health ministry has instituted public awareness campaigns against the disease as they await the arrival of yellow fever vaccines, which are expected to arrive in the second week of January. About 2.5 million people will benefit from the vaccine, which is expected cost $3.5m (about sh8b).

In addition, the ministry says it has deployed technical staff to monitor the trend of the outbreak on a daily basis.

Dr. Mugisha urged the public to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, especially during the day; destroy mosquito breeding places like stagnant water around the house and sleep under insecticide-treated mosquito nets.

Symptoms of yellow include fever, muscle pains, headache, shivering, loss of appetite and vomiting. Other signs are yellow eyes, abdominal pain, bleeding from the mouth, nose, eyes and stomach.

The ministry advises that people who have any of these symptoms to go to the nearest health centre.

Meanwhile, Conan Businge reports that the Government has allayed fears that yellow fever might easily spread to other parts of the country. "It is containable. It will not easily spread to other parts of the country, much people are travelling to and from the affected districts," the ministry's publicist Paul Kagwa told Saturday Vision.


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