Deadly Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever confirmed in Uganda

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The Ministry of Health has asked the district Health Officers (DHOs) in 18 districts especially those in the cattle corridor to carry out measures that will prevent the spread of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF). The directive comes after two blood samples from Kiboga and Nakaseke hospitals tested positive to the disease.

In the letter dated 21 August 2017, the acting Director General of Health Services, Prof. Anthony Mbonye called on the DHO’s in the districts of Moroto, Nakapiripiriti, Katakwi, Amuria, Soroti, Buyenda, Kayunga, Luwero, Amolator, Kiboga, Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Kaberomaido, Mubende, Sembabure, Lyantonde, Kiruhura and Mbarara to immediately report and investigate any CCHF suspected case in their districts,

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He also asked them to work with the office of the district vaccination officer to strength measures for CCHF control in animals. He further requested the DHO’s to implement measures to reduce the risk of CCHF infections among humans and intensify the control of CCHF in health care setting.
The CCHF is transmitted to humans through bites of infected ticks, contact with blood and tissue from affected animals and close contact with bloody fluids of infected persons.

The disease might not show any visible signs in animals. In humans, CCHF causes diseases in 10-80% of those affected and deaths in 20%-50%. The signs of CCHF to watch for include Fever, muscle ache, dizziness, neck pain, neck stiffness, backache, headache, sore eyes, nausea Abdominal pain, and diarrhoea.

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