Officials from the Ministry of Health (MOH) have said that there are no new cases of Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic fever recorded, ever since the onset of the outbreak last Thursday.
According to the statement issued by Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the acting director general health services at Ministry of Health there was only one case of a 32-year-old man who died of Crimean fever.
The deceased was a resident of Bendegere Village, Kasenyi Parish-Katabi sub county in Wakiso district. On Thursday his body was buried in Batagaya Village, Jinja.
Mwebesa said blood samples obtained from the deceased tested positive for Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic fever.
“A national rapid response team from the health ministry and ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries and partners has been dispatched to Jinja and Wakiso districts to monitor contacts of the deceased and offer all possible support.’’ Mwebesa revealed Wednesday morning.
Crimean- Congo Haemorrhagic fever, is a viral zoonotic disease caused by infection from a tick-borne virus. The hosts of the Crimean fever virus are mostly wild and domestic animals including cattle, sheep and goats.
These animals become infected after being bitten by infected ticks and the virus remains in their bloodstream for about two weeks after infection, allowing the tick-animal- tick cycle to continue when another tick bites.
Mwebesa added that the health teams are also providing public health education and awareness to stop further spread of the disease.
The ministry’s spokesperson, Emmanuel Ayinebyona said blood samples from close family of the deceased examined at Uganda Virus Research Institute tested negative.
Sudden onset of high grade fever, muscle aches, neck pains, neck stiffness, backache, headache, sore eyes, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and sometimes bleeding from body opening.
How to prevent the disease
Mwebesa appealed to the public to use protective wear while slaughtering and handling animals to prevent transmission of animal diseases to humans.
People should wash hands with soap and water after handling fresh meat.
In December last year an outbreak of Crimean Congo haemorrhage fever was reported in Masindi district following the death of a male resident.
According to World Health Organisation (WHO) Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever is the most widespread, tick-borne viral disease affecting humans.
The disease is endemic in many regions, such as Africa, Asia, Eastern and Southern Europe, and Central Asia.
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