Epidemic Hazard – Africa – Uganda

EDIS Number: EH-20120316-34541-UGA
Date / time: 16/03/2012 04:49:49 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Africa
Country: Uganda
State/County: Northern Uganda
Location: [Amuru District ]
Number of Deads: 11 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 30 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A


Amuru District health department has stepped up surveillance following suspected outbreak of meningitis that has left two people dead and 14 others diagnosed with similar conditions. The affected people, who are mainly from Palwong Parish in Amuru Sub-county, have been referred to Gulu Hospital for monitoring. The assistant District Health Officer, Mr Charles Okwera, said they referred other suspected cases to Gulu for proper medical attention, adding that samples from the patients have been taken to St. Mary’s Hospital, Lacor, for tests. Meningitis last hit Amuru in 2007 where three cases were registered. At the time, a total of 65 deaths from meningitis were confirmed in West Nile. Mr Okwera said the district is on high alert to respond to outbreaks since medicine is in place. He urged the community to report any suspected cases. Meningitis is a condition characterised by an inflammation of the meninges, the covering of the brain and spinal cord, which is most often caused by bacterial, viral, or fungal infection.

Event updates:
Situation Update No. 1 on 2012-03-22 at 04:13:27.

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