Deadly Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, Rift Valley fever confirmed in Uganda

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The Ministry of Health has confirmed sporadic outbreaks of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) and Rift Valley fever (RVF) in the country. CCHF and RVF can be transmitted to people either by tick bites or through contact with infected animal blood or tissues during and immediately after slaughter.

Health minister Jane Aceng made the confirmation on tuesday at the Uganda Media Centre.
“Since August, 2017 when suspected cases were reported, four cases of the CCHF have been confirmed and five cases of the RVF, the latest cases being reported on January 19 in Nakaseke and Buikwe districts, respectively,” Dr Aceng said.

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She added: Unfortunately, we have lost one case of CCHF from Nakaseke District and three cases of the RVF from Kiboga, Buikwe and Mityana districts,” she added Recently, Nakaseke LC5 leader accused them of concealing the outbreak.

“We are frustrated that government has not come out with an official position on the CCHF disease, including extending support to sensitise the public. For the second time in four months, we have had the disease with the latest involving a nine-year-old now under isolation at Kiwoko Hospital,” the Nakaseke District Council chairperson, Mr Ignatius Kiwanuka Koomu, said.

Dr Aceng said a team of experts has already been dispatched to tackle the outbreaks, and spraying of ticks and biting insects, some of the key transmitters of the fevers, has started in the cattle corridor of Nakaseke, Sembabule, Kyegegwa, Lyantonde, Mubende, and Gomba districts.

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