Dr. Aceng confirms three suspects of Rift Valley fever in Kabale (Courtesy Photo)

Fear as government confirms three cases of new human and animal disease outbreak Rift Valley fever in Kabale

Ayiswa Issa Tuesday, 15 March 2016 - 12:58pm Health

Three people have been confirmed with the deadly Rift Valley fever in Kabale according to the ministry of health after laboratory tests.

The Ministry of Health Tuesday morning confirmed an outbreak of Rift Valley fever in Kabale.

The Director General, Health Services Dr. Jane Aceng told the media they conducted tests at Uganda Virus Research Institute which confirmed Rift Valley fever also known as haemorrhagic fever.

Dr. Aceng confirmed: "Reports indicate three new suspect cases hv been identified and samples to be tested."

She, however, revealed: "No deaths have been recorded since the onset of outbreak on 4th March."

Dr. Aceng identified: "First case is 45 year old butcher from Kabale town council."

And went on: "The patient has been taken to Mbarara referral hospital for blood transfusion."

Dr. Aceng also pointed out: "The second case is a 19 year old student from Kabale town who had contact with livestock at family home."

She elaborated: "Rift Valley fever is an acute fever causing viral disease that affects domestic animals."

The director further said: "Rift Valley fever is also associated with mosquito borne epidemics during unusally heavy rainfalls."

Dr. Aceng continued: "A person with Rift Valley Fever may have either no symptoms or a mild illness associated with fever or liver abnormalities."

She said: "Some patients may progress to imflammation of the brain leading to headaches, coma, seizures or eye disease."

"Approximately 1% of people that become infected with Rift Valley Fever die of the disease."

On animals, Dr. Aceng said: "In animals, the disease is characterised by abortions, bloody nasal discharge in mature animals and jaundice."

She explained: "Animals become infected with disease thru bites of infected mosquitoes."

Dr. Aceng said: "Other insects that transmit the disease are ticks and biting midgets."

She confirmed: "The disease has never been reported in humans and animals in Uganda before this outbreak."

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