Health ministry confirms Crimean fever, denies Ebola outbreak

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The ministry of Health has confirmed a case of Crimean- Congo Haemorrhagic fever in the country.

According to the Ministry of Health spokesperson, Emmanuel Ainebyoona, a 32-year-old male, who passed on at Entebbe General Hospital in Wakiso, tested positive with Crimean- Congo Haemorrhagic fever.

He was buried in Jinja which puts the district at the risk of contracting the virus.

Ainebyoona said the deceased was a builder and was staying in Bendegere village, Kasenyi parish-Katabi Sub County in Wakiso District.

His body was transported by relatives from Entebbe General Hospital and buried in Butagaya, Nakakulwe village, in Jinja on April 12, 2019.

The Jinja District Health Officer also warned the public saying there is a suspected outbreak of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever disease following a death of the confirmed case with the disease.

Jinja District Chairman Titus Kisambira, said 11 suspected cases have been quarantine in their homes in Nakakulwe village, LC 1B.

The symptoms are sudden onset of fever, general body weakness, headache, severe pain in limbs, bloody diarrhoea and bleeding from body openings.

An outbreak of the Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic fever has been confirmed in several parts of the country since 2017.

No Ebola

Ainebyoona further dismissed various rumours making rounds on social media alleging that there is Ebola in Jinja, Kasese and Wakiso.

“The Ministry of Health would like to inform the general public that Uganda has not registered any confirmed case of Ebola Virus Disease,” he noted.

Earlier, Jinja LCV chairman had said: “The outbreak of Ebola in Jinja is real. We are doing everything possible within our means to contain the situation.”

In response, Ainebyoona said: “Please note the person who is being talked about died of Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic Fever not Ebola.”

He added: “I just talked to the DHO who indicated that the Chairman mistook it and stated circulating rumours.”

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