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Red eye disease strikes Kampala again

A viral infection commonly known as the red eye disease has broken out again in Uganda’s Capital City of Kampala, infecting hundreds of people, especially market traders from Kampala markets of Owino (St. Balikuddembe market), Nakasero market, Kisekka market and Kikuubo trading centre. The disease first broke out in Kampala in May 2010.

Kampala Mayor - Nasser Ssebagala

Kampala Mayor - Nasser Ssebagala

The Mayor of Kampala, Hajji Nasser Sebaggala says the infections have also been reported in Kawempe division and Katwe slums.

Over 100 people from the Kampala markets of Kikuubo, Owino, Kisekka and Nakasero have been reported at Kampala City Council health centers for treatment.

The Kampala mayor adds that he has received reports that the Red Eye endemic has infected some pupils and students in some Kampala schools. Most of the people infected are receiving treatment from different hospitals, health centers and clinics in Kampala.

Red Eye disease is spread through contact with infected persons. The signs of the disease are red, swollen and watery eyes.

Walakira Nyanzi, Ultimate Media

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