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Yellow Fever Outbreak in Uganda, Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng Confirms

The ministry of health has confirmed yellow fever outbreak in districts of Moyo Northern and Buliisa Western Uganda.

Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng courtesy photo

The ministry has confirmed four cases; two victims are believed to be South Sudan nationals while the other two are Ugandan farmers.

The disease outbreak was confirmed after samples from the victims were taken to the Uganda Virus Research Institute and came back positive for Yellow Fever.

The Minister of Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng says the disease is suspected to have entered Uganda from South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC where cases have been reported since 2018.

“the first case was a 37-year-old farmer who traded in milk between DRC and Uganda but later passed on in November 2019 and is believed to have spread the disease to his 38-year-old wife who has since tested positive to the disease” said The minister

The Ministry of Health is currently carrying out investigations to ascertain the scope of the outbreak and carry out contact tracing before a yellow fever vaccination exercise is conducted.

Vaccination will be conducted to people aged 6 months to 45 years in affected districts while already vaccinated people will get one shot of the vaccine.

Yellow fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic disease, transmitted through the bite of the yellow fever mosquito Aedes aegypti that kill a person within 7-10 days of being infected.

Symptoms of yellow fever

An Aedes Aegypti mosquito courtesy photo




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