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Buliisa Yellow Fever Patients Isolated at Home

Dr. Nelson Naisye, the Buliisa District Health Officer told Uganda Radio Network that they have decided to monitor the patients in their home due to lack of funds to establish a Yellow Fever isolation center at Bullisa Hospital.

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Two people who tested positive for yellow fever in Buliisa district have been isolated in their home due to lack of a Yellow Fever Isolation ward. 

The two include a 38-year-old mother and her 5-year-old daughter, both residents of Kabolwa Village in Buliisa Town Council.  

Dr. Nelson Naisye, the Buliisa District Health Officer told Uganda Radio Network that they have decided to monitor the patients in their home due to lack of funds to establish a Yellow Fever isolation center at Bullisa Hospital. He says the mother tested positive for Yellow Fever in December 2019 while her daughter tested positive in January 2020.  

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He says they submitted their epidemic Yellow Fever response and preparedness plan to the Health Ministry last week to allow them commence massive sensitisation and vaccination of residents.

 

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The Health Ministry confirmed a yellow fever outbreak in Buliisa in November last year following the death of a man who tested positive.     

Yellow fever, an acute viral hemorrhagic fever spread by mosquitoes remains a big threat as some countries cannot allow Ugandans in their territory without proof of vaccination.    

Immunity to the disease remains low estimated at 4.2% at the national level and each year since 2016. 

The country has been recording yellow fever cases with the latest being Koboko, Buliisa and Masaka in 2019, Mubende in 2018, Masaka in 2017 and Rukungiri and Kalangala in 2016.  

Yellow fever presents with fever, headache, jaundice, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.  

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