Steven Bagonza, the Assistant District Health Officer-ADHO told URN that the district has re-organised contact tracing teams that will be tasked with following up these individuals and other suspected cases in the district.
Patrick Bikansobera, the surveillance focal person for the lake region in Kasese, says the disease can easily spread to the districts neighboring DRC due to cross-border movements. He called for the screening of all persons crossing into Uganda from DRC.
“A cumulative total of 96 contacts to the confirmed cases have been listed. We followed up 86% , that is 83 of the 96 contacts in Kagando, Bwera and Mpondwe. Five new contacts were listed, and 2 alerts were received today. One alert was investigated within 24 hours and the other will be investigated today. No suspect case was identified through the health facility and community active case search,” the report reads.
Dr Fredrick Byenume, the Hoima district Health Inspector told Uganda Radio Network on Thursday Morning that blood samples taken from the deceased tested negative to Ebola. He however says the blood samples tested positive to Hepatitis B an indication that the deceased died of Hepatitis B and ulcers.
Last week, Simon Candia, 31, a resident of in Kitongole village, in Hoima district died of what was suspected to be Ebola, creating suspicion among members of the public that the deadly virus had hit the area.
The hospital Executive Director, Dr Edwin Birungi Mutahunga confirms that Kajangu was admitted in an isolation ward after he presented high fever, vomiting and passing stool with blood, red eyes and lack of appetite.
Tchomia is also one of the busiest fish Markets in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that attracts several Ugandan businessmen from the landing sites of Butiaba, Walukoba, Kijangi, Kaiso,Sebigoro, Nkondo, Ndaiga, Ntoroko, Kyehoro and Fofo from the districts of Hoima, Buliisa, Kikuube, Ntoroko and Kagadi to transact fish business in the Market.
Tchomia is one of the busiest fish Markets in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that attracts several Ugandan businessmen from the landing sites of Butiaba, Walukoba, Kijangi, Kaiso,Sebigoro, Nkondo, Ndaiga, Ntoroko, Kyehoro and Fofo from the districts of Hoima, Buliisa, Kikuube, Ntoroko and Kagadi to transact fish business in the Market.
The World Health Organization on May 8th scaled up response after two out of the five people tested for ebola were found positive. The samples had come from Iponge Health facility located in Bikoro, close to River Congo.
The fresh outbreak of Ebola was identified on Tuesday in a remote area near the Congo River. According to a statement by the DRC Ministry of Health, two out of five samples collected from five patients has tested positive for Ebola Virus at the Institut National de Recherche Biomdicale INRB in Kinshasa.
The seven roomed facility comprises of offices, a laboratory, three isolation rooms each capable of admitting six patients, nursing station, clinical care area and a clinical research site. The facility has also been fenced to prevent Ebola or Marburg patients from getting into contact with the community or other patients at the hospital. .
The World Health Organisation confirmed in a tweet this evening that the DR Congo health ministry had informed them of a lab-confirmed case of the disease. A statement issued by the ministry indicates that the outbreak was confirmed from tests on nine people who came down with a hemorrhagic fever in Bas-Uele province in the northeast of the country on or after April 22.
While launching the initiative at Imperial Royale Hotel, Health Minister Dr. Ruth Jane Aceng said that Uganda is a hot-spot for disease threats with pandemic potential, a reason for the need to have coordinated efforts.
Opio adds that the facility will improve medical care delivery to persons whose illnesses meet Ebola case definitions, while also allowing for the safe isolation of patients to break chains of transmission in case of any outbreak.
Masaka District Health Officer Dr Stuart Musisi says that three similar deaths have so far occurred and the district continues to receive patients with similar symptoms. Musisi adds that the reported cases are from the neighboring two parishes of Kasaka and Mazinga in Buwunga Sub County.
The Guinean football association has insisted they will fly 52 people to Uganda ahead of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against the Cranes on September 10. This is against the conditions set by Ugandaâ€™s Ministry of Health to limit the number of travellers so as to minimize the chances of spreading the deadly Ebola virus.