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Rift Valley Fever Suspect Isolated at Kabale Hospital

Christine Mandella, the Kabale District Health Officer, says they are on high alert to respond to any suspected cases of any hemorrhagic fever including Ebola.

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There is a suspected case of rift valley fever in Kabale district. The suspect is a male hawker  based in Kabale town but hails from Mitooma district.

He is currently admitted in the isolation ward at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital. 

Sister Christine Akurut, the Principal Nursing Officer at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital, says the hawker whose names have been withheld, voluntarily walked into the hospital on Tuesday morning.

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Christine Mandella, the Kabale District Health Officer, says they are on high alert to respond to any suspected cases of any hemorrhagic fever including Ebola. 

In June 2018, the Health Ministry confirmed the outbreak of the Rift valley fever in Kasese district. In July this year, the same disease was confirmed in Mbarara, Isingiro and Kiruhura districts.

Three cases of the Rift Valley Fever were also confirmed in Kiboga, Buikwe and Mityana districts. Rift valley Fever is a viral infection that primarily affects animals but also has the capacity to infect humans.

It presents with fever, severe illness and abortions in animals. According to World Health Organization, the fever is transmitted to humans through poor handling of tissue of infected animals during slaughter, veterinary procedures or disposal of carcasses or fetuses.

Majority of human infections result from contact with blood or organs of infected animals and persons.