A strange disease is reported to have killed a number of people in Chawente Sub County in Apac district. The disease has been reported in areas of Acenglworo, Ajal and Atongtidi parishes in Chawente Sub County in Apac district. Dr. Mathew Emer, the Apac District Medical Officer says patients present with chest pain, stomach ache, abdominal swellings, cough, fever and vomiting blood.
He explains that the disease kills an infected person within three to four days. Local leaders claim the disease has killed up to 15 people over the last two years, but Emer only confirms one death.
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Dr Emer says blood samples from the affected people have been sent to the National Laboratory in Entebbe for examination. He says they have also deployed a team of medical experts from the district in the affected area to carry out on-spot investigations to establish the cause of infection.
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Geoffrey Eling Owera, the LC III councilor Chawente Sub County says that initially residents neglected the disease but they became concerned after several deaths. Eling claims that more 25 people are still struggling with the infection.
Rukia Nakamatte, spokesperson ministry of health says they have received a report about the strange ailment in Apac district adding that, a team of medical investigators will be dispatched to the area.