By Violet Nabatanzi
All cases of suspected Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) have been discharged. The suspected cases were admitted at Mulago National Referral Hospital and at Kalongo hospital, Agago, temporary isolation facility.
Speaking in an Interview, the assistant Commissioner Health promotions at the ministry of health, Dr. Christopher Oneke, said: “Crimean Congo fever is in control and so far no new cases have been reported,”
Recently a 27-year-old woman died of the Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) at Mulago National Referral Hospital. This was the first confirmed death since the outbreak was announced on August 16, 2013.
The deceased was admitted on the same day with febrile illness, severe Anemia, vomiting blood, headaches and inter-menstrual bleeding.
The CCHF is a zoonotic disease that is caused by a tick-borne virus (Nairo-Virus) of the Bunyaviridae family.
This virus causes severe viral hemorrhagic fever outbreaks; it is highly infectious and kills about 40% of people infected. It is endemic in livestock in Africa especially in cattle, goats and sheep.
This virus is transmitted to human beings through bites of infected ticks. The ticks pick their infection from wild or domestic animals.
The Ministry of Health intensified its surveillance activities in Kampala and Agago districts to trace any possible contacts.