CRIMEAN-CONGO HEMORRHAGIC FEVER
Date: Fri 16 Aug 2013
Source: Ugandan Ministry of Health Press Release [edited]
The Ministry of Health informs the general public that a hemorrhagic fever outbreak has been confirmed in Omot sub-county, Agago district. Following tests done by the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI),
CCHF is a zoonotic disease that is caused by a tick-borne virus (genus
_Nairo-Virus_) of the family _Bunyaviridae_. This virus causes severe viral hemorrhagic fever outbreaks; it is highly infectious and kills about 40 percent of people infected. It is endemic in livestock in
The confirmed case of CCHF is a male adult farmer from Baroma village, Atece Parish in
In response to the outbreak, the Ministry of Health has reactivated the task force to coordinate all responses. A district task force has, in addition, been organised to coordinate the local responses.
Communicated by: Permanent Secretary's Office
[The following addendum is from Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, Minister of State for Health (General Duties); Vishnu-Priya Snellers, CDC-Uganda:
"A technical team from the Ministry of Health and other partners will today [16 Aug 2013] be dispatched to the district to conduct further investigations and support the response on ground. Surveillance teams in the district have intensified their activities to trace and identify contacts. So far, 6 contacts from Omot sub-county have been identified and are all under strict surveillance.
A temporary isolation section has been identified at
1. Avoid close physical contact with suspected/infected people or their body fluids.
2. Report to a nearby health facility in case of showing the above symptoms and signs.
3. Wear long sleeved, light coloured clothing when dealing with livestock so as to identify ticks quickly and avoid tick bites.
4. Avoid direct contact with animals (e.g. slaughtering) without protective wear.
5. Report to the Ministry of Health Hotline at 0750996034."
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