The ministry of Health has confirmed a case of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever and warned of a possible outbreak in the eastern district of Jinja.
“A 32-year-old male, who passed on at Entebbe General Hospital in Wakiso, tested positive with Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever. He was buried in Jinja,” said ministry of Health spokesperson Emmanuel Ainebyoona.
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 hospital and buried in Butagaya, Nakakulwe village, in Jinja on April 12.
“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,” read a statement issued by Jinja district health officer.
Jinja district chairman Titus Kisambira said that 11 suspected cases have been quarantined in their homes in Nakakulwe village, LC 1B.
“We have quarantined 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 Kisambira.
Ainebyoona, said medical officers are on the ground are 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.”
According to WHO, the disease is caused by Bunya virus. It is transmitted by tick bites, contact with infected animal blood or tissues, and person-to person transmission via blood, body fluids and semen.
The symptoms are sudden onset of fever, general body weakness, headache, severe pain in limbs, bloody diarrhoea and bleeding from body openings. In 2017, an outbreak of the fever was confirmed in the districts of Nakaseke and Luwero, and in 2018, an outbreak was confirmed in Kabarole district where it killed one person.