The Ugandan Ministry of Health has confirmed an outbreak of Yellow Fever in the Northern part of the country.
This was announced in a joint news conference by the Ministry and the World Health Organization.
The minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng announced that four cases already tested positive for the Yellow Fever virus.
The Minister of Health said:
In Moyo District, there are two confirmed cases both males, aged 18 and 21 years. They were admitted at Logobo Health Center III in Moyo district on January 3, 2020, with symptoms of fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, fatigue, headache, abdominal and joint pain, confusion and unexplained bleeding.”
“In Buliisa, there are also two confirmed cases; a 37-year-old man and his wife. The husband was cattle farmer trading in milk between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. On 31st October, he visited Bulliisa hospital with a headache, vomiting and abdominal pain and received supportive treatment,”
Further, the minister said a team had already been dispatched to the districts to vaccinate the people who were at risk.
Yellow Fever is a viral hemorrhagic disease that is transmitted by infected mosquitoes to humans.
Yellow Fever can be prevented through vaccination and the vaccine is safe and effective.