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Pneumonic Plague Claims One in Zombo :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Pneumonic Plague Claims One in Zombo

Charles Munguriek, the Warr Sub County LC3 chairperson, says the admitted woman is under close supervision by health workers.

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One person has died and another is hospitalised at Warr Health Center III in Zombo district due to the highly infectious pneumonic plague.  

Zombo District Medical Officer, Dr. Sam Ajoga Ongier identifies the deceased as Jennifer Ngamita, a resident of Paryema village in Warr Sub County in Zombo district.

 

She reportedly succumbed to the plague on Monday following her return from the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC the burial of her sister who succumbed to the same plague last week.    

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Charles Munguriek, the Warr Sub County LC3 chairperson, says the admitted woman is under close supervision by health workers.

“Our people move a lot and DRC is not far from Zombo district. Our culture is also letting us down. This woman contracted the disease as the village was paying tribute to Ngamita through the usual communal gathering, but we all hope government comes very fast to arrest the situation”, he told journalists on Tuesday.

Pneumonic plague is a highly infectious disease caused by Yersinia pastis bacteria normally found in small mammals including fleas. 

Humans can be infected through the bite of infected vector fleas and direct contact with infected body fluids or contaminated materials among others.    

Dr. George Openjtho, a Public Health Consultant in the Health Ministry, says says government has put in place measures to contain the spread of the disease.

“We are currently conducting mass sanitation of the community and vaccination of health workers. We have also dispatched drugs to the district. We don’t want to see new cases with all these interventions”, Dr. Openjtho told said.

Erick Nimungu, the Zombo District Disease Surveillance Officer advises residents to wear protective gears such as gloves when handling suspected cases of the disease. 

“This disease is infectious and you shouldn’t touch any person you suspect to be suffering from this disease. You should wear gloves and be clean in case of you need to attend to such people”, Nimungu said during a community sensitization meeting at Paryema village in Warr Sub County in Zombo district on Monday. 

The pneumonic plague presents with vomiting, body weakness, headache and fever, with an incubation period of at least 24 hours. Early treatment of the disease has a high recovery rate. 

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