Epidemic Hazard – Africa – Uganda

EDIS Number: EH-20120322-34613-UGA
Date / time: 22/03/2012 07:33:25 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Africa
Country: Uganda
State/County: Eastern Uganda
Location: Iganga
Number of Deads: 1 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 60 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A


A child has died and 60 others admitted to various health centres following a measles outbreak in Iganga District, health officials have said. Dr David Muwanguzi, the district health officer, said five cases of blood samples taken to Uganda Virus Institute tested positive. The first cases of the disease, which is affecting children between one and five years, were reported in November last year. Dr Muwanguzi said Makutu, Buyanga and Busembatya sub-counties are the worst hit by the ailment. Medical personnel at all the health centres have been alerted to liaise with the district officials to treat the affected children. “We are treating all those infected as we wait for the mass immunisation exercise scheduled for April,” said Dr Muwanguzi. He said the challenge now is shortage of drugs and appealed to health partners to help. “There’s no specific period for cure. It (disease) can take long to treat yet the drugs we have are not enough. This may force us to tell the patients to buy the drugs in the open market,” he added. Medical personnel attributed the current outbreak to negligence by parents who refuse to take their children for routine immunisation.

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