Deadly Rift Valley Fever breaks out in Mityana, Kiboga districts

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The ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture, Animal industry and Fisheries have confirmed the outbreak of deadly Rift Valley Fever in Kiboga and Mityana districts.

This follows laboratory confirmations by Uganda Virus Research Institute from two samples from the two districts.
The confirmed person in Kiboga district- a 26 year old forest Ranger from Gogonya Village, Kiboga Parish sub county-He suffered from strange fever starting on 14 November 2017 for three days. Later developed bleeding tendencies from mouth and nose by the time he sought care from St. Peter’s Clinic in Kiboga town Council. He died on 16 November 2017.

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Blood samples picked from this patient shortly before passing on tested positive for RVF at UVRI on 21 November 2017.
The confirmed person in Mityana is a 69-year old male Fisherman/ farmer from Gombe-Mwalo Village, Nama Parish of Busimbi division, Mityana Municipality, Mityana district, along shore of Lake Wamala.
He was admitted to Nama Health Centre III on 20th November 2017 with bleeding from gums and nose, bloody vomits and coughing blood. He passed on the next day.

RVF is a viral zoonotic disease that primarily affects animals but also has capacity to infect humans-majority of human infections result from direct or indirect contact with blood or organs of infected animals.
According to Dr. Charles Alaro, the Acting Director General of Health Services, The virus can be transimited to humans through handling of tissue during slaughtering, assisting with animal during birth, conducting veterinary procedures or disposal of carcass or fetuses.

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