Measles Outbreak Worries Kibaale Residents

Four people have died and about 10 others are on close monitoring after a suspected outbreak of measles in Kakindo and Birembo Sub Counties, Kibaale district.

UNICEF vaccinates children against measles (file photo).
UNICEF vaccinates children against measles (file photo).

The four are all children aged between 2 and 8. They died on Sunday after battling the disease in a space of one week. Three additional cases have been reported in Buyaga West County.

William Mutesa, a member of the Village Health Team-VHT says that before their death, the two presented high fever, general skin rash and running nose, which are known signs of measles.

A team of health workers was last evening dispatched to Kakindo Sub County to collect blood samples from some of the patients for further scrutiny. They will also collect body tissue from the deceased; Sanyu Suleiman the Kibaale district surveillance officer-DSO says.

Residents have also been advised to avoid direct body contact with patients as a basic precautionary measure.

Andrew Nibihurira the village chairperson Kyakatera attributes the suspected outbreak to poor response to immunization. He says that most of the children aged between two and five years are not immunized.

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