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Measles Outbreak Confirmed in Bunyoro Districts

Dr. Fredrick Byenume, the Hoima District Health Inspector told Uganda Radio Network on Saturday that they have registered 47 cases in Hoima and Kikuube districts since Tuesday last week.

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There is a confirmed outbreak of measles in Bunyoro region. The outbreak has been confirmed in Hoima, Masindi and Kikuube districts.

Dr. John Turyagaruka, the Masindi District Health Officer told Uganda Radio Network on Saturday that the outbreak was reported in the district two weeks ago, adding that blood samples taken to the Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe tested positive.

The new cases have been reported in Nyangahya in Masindi Municipality, Kijunjuba in kimengo division, Bwijanga and Pakanyi sub counties in Buruli County. He says majority of the people affected by the disease are children between three to 13 years of age.

 

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In Hoima district the cases have been reported in Ngemwa, Nzorobi and kataba villages in Kabaale parish Buseruka sub county Hoima district. They are currently undergoing treatment at Kabaale Health Centre III.

Dr. Fredrick Byenume, the Hoima District Health Inspector told Uganda Radio Network on Saturday that they have registered 47 cases in Hoima and Kikuube districts since Tuesday last week.

He says in Kikuube, the cases are in Kyangwali Refugees settlement area. He says officials in both districts are to resume mass vaccination against measles outbreak on Thursday next week.

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No death has been recorded in the affected districts. Measles presents with fever, vomiting, red eyes and skin rash and can be fatal since it has no known cure but can be prevented through immunization.

The Health Ministry has been notified about the epidemic. This is the first time Masindi district is recording a measles outbreak in six years while Hoima registered some cases in Kigorobya Sub County last year.