Mystery illness is yellow fever

2010-12-29 13:25
Kampala - Uganda said on Wednesday that a previously unidentified disease that has killed 48 people in the north of country is yellow fever.

Following the initial outbreak in November, health official were baffled by the illness, with many first believing it was a mutated version of bubonic plague.

Domestic and international lab tests have now confirmed that the disease, with 187 confirmed cases, and which spread across several northern districts is yellow fever, director of health services Kenya Mugisha told AFP.

"With yellow fever, it can take some time to identify positively. In other countries it has taken six months," he said.

He said the immediate priority was to secure funds to immunise everyone living in the outbreak area and that they had held talks with donors over financing of the programme.

"We have also asked government for supplementary funding."

Defences against the virus had relaxed since the last documented outbreak in Uganda in 1971-1972, Mugisha said.

Yellow fever is spread, like malaria, by mosquitoes and is a persistent problem in northern Uganda. There is no specific treatment and symptoms and severity vary from case to case.

Vaccination and other protective measures like bed nets, insect repellent and long clothing are considered the best methods to contain an outbreak.

Read more on:    uganda  |  health  |  east africa

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/Sport
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You are active and very busy today. You may be in the mood to connect with your loved one or significant other and enjoy your day...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.