By John Agaba and Lazerous Amoli
The number of people hospitalized following an outbreak of cholera in the West Nile districts of Moyo and Adjumani is now over 92, health officials have said.
And the infection, which is mainly a sanitation problem, has caused the death of one more person, Lumisu Angelo, 45, bringing the number of the dead to 5.
Dr. Dominic Lomureju, the Moyo district health inspector, said the number of admissions at the Obongi Health Centre IV (the main health facility containing the epidemic) were now 90, with 28 cases discharged.
Two more cases are admitted at the Lefori Health Centre III, in Lefori Sub County, Dr. Jimmy Opigo, the district health officer said.
Drani Buga Geoffrey, the in-charge of the health centre, said the two admitted were children aged 5 and 9.
The cholera epidemic, which was first reported on April 26 in Obongi County, presents with high fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting, resulting in dehydration. If untreated, it can kill.
Opigo said the disease was likely to spread to the rest of Moyo district if measures like sensitizing the local people about sanitation and proper disposal of human feaces, were not made a priority.