A case of Crimean- Congo Hemorrhagic fever has been confirmed and the ministry of health has warned of a possible outbreak in Jinja District, Eastern Uganda.
Emmanuel Ainebyoona the ministry of Health spokesperson says a 32year-old male, who passed on at Entebbe General Hospital in Wakiso, tested positive with Crimean- Congo Hemorrhagic fever. The man was buried in Jinja.
According to Ainebyoona, the deceased was a builder lived 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.
"This is to alert the general public of Jinja that; there is a suspected outbreak of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever disease following a death of the confirmed case with the disease," Jinja District Health Officer said in a statement.
Titus Kisambira the Jinja District Chairman says that 11 suspected cases have been quarantine in their homes in Nakakulwe village, LC 1B.
“We have quarantine 11 people, who have shown signs and symptoms of the disease. Some are relatives of the man who died and others participated in his burial,” said Jinja District Chairman Titus Kisambira.
Ainebyoona added that medical officers are on the ground investigating other suspected cases. “But the public should remain calm as we investigate the illness and report any person with symptoms to the nearest health facility” he said.