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Health Ministry Re-running Mubende Strange Disease Samples

Dr Ruth Aceng, the minister of health says that they are not waiting for the results from Atlanta but also trying to find out what has led to the death of eight people in Mubende.
Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health

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The Central Public Health Laboratory is re-running test samples of blood, urine and stool to establish what the Mubende Strange Disease is.

The ministry is taking this move as it waits for results from samples that were sent to the Center for Disease Control headquarters in Atlanta, U.S.

When the disease first broke out last month, several samples were taken to the Uganda Virus Research Institute which failed to give conclusive results. The samples were sent to Atlanta.

Dr Ruth Aceng, the minister of health says that they are not waiting for the results from Atlanta but also trying to find out what has led to the death of eight people in Mubende.

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Aceng, says that other cases with symptoms of the strange disease have been reported in Kibaale and Kitgum districts.

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Following the outbreak of Blackwater Fever, the Mubende Strange Disease and Ebola in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo,  Aceng says that Ugandans should remain calm because the ministry is prepared to handle whatever outbreaks.

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According to Aceng, all districts in Uganda are monitored every minute of the day by the National Institute of Public Health. The centre receives around 5000 alerts of outbreaks every day.

So far eight people have been killed by the disease and 18 are under surveillance for the disease at Mubende Regional Referral hospital.