The Ministry of Health says there are no new cases reported of the Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever that was detected in Agago district last week.
According to a statement by the Director General of Health Services Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, by end of Monday only one confirmed case was admitted in Kalongo Hospital temporary isolation facility from whom the disease was confirmed.
One person suspected to have contracted the disease was on Sunday admitted at the same isolation facility. Samples have been taken off pending investigation.
Dr Aceng adds that six other people who got into contact with the confirmed case have been discharged after presenting no signs of the disease within the specified incubation period of 5-6 days.
A delegation of the National Task Force constituting officials Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Uganda Peoples Defense Forces together with World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are in Agago to beef up the district response team.
Dr Stefani Santini, the Director of Kalongo Hospital was quoted as saying that one of their main challenges in dealing with the disease is the lack of Personal Protective Equipment.
The Ministry of Health, however says the hospital has enough stocks of Personal Protective Equipment and disinfectants carried forward from the Yellow Fever outbreak of 2010. The stock was on Saturday beefed up with PPE stocks delivered by CDC and WHO.
Currently, the National Taskforce is conducting field investigations to obtain in depth epidemiological information on the new suspected case admitted into the isolation.
More investigations are also being done on the three deaths that occurred prior to confirmation of the first case.
Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic fever is a viral haemorrhagic fever transmitted by ticks.
According to WHO, the disease was first described in the Crimea in 1944 and given the name Crimean haemorrhagic fever. In 1969 it was recognized that the pathogen causing Crimean haemorrhagic fever was the same as that responsible for an illness identified in 1956 in the Congo, and linkage of the two place names resulted in the current name for the disease and the virus.