Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Suspected Ebola case reported in Lyantonde.

First victim was a teacher from Mpumudde Sub County.

Residents of Lyantonde District are in panic following the death of a primary school on Saturday November 17, 2012. The deceased Tomasi Kasente Njerejezza died with Ebola-like symptoms. His death comes a time when the deadly Ebola has broken out in Luweero district just 30 days after Uganda was declared Ebola free by the World Health Organization.
The late Tomasi a teacher and boda-boda rider (motorcycle taxi) died after a short illness after suffering severe headache, high fever, stomach pains, diarrhea, intensive bleeding and vomiting which are some of the symptoms of the deadly Ebola fever.  The late Tomasi’s colleagues suspect he contracted  Ebola virus from Luweero where he  was on business few days before his death.

Dr. Steven Kagaaya who led a team of health experts said none of the family members were allowed to touch the deceased’s body because they lacked protective gear like gloves and masks. Blood samples were taken from the deceased and taken Uganda’s virus institute to confirm if it was Ebola. However, relatives and neighbors of the deceased are being monitored for any Ebola symptoms. Dr. Steven said that equipment like gloves, sprays and masks for medical workers have already run out yet relatives and medical workers can not come close to suspected patients with out protective gear.

Last evening, Uganda’s NTV  also reported of the emergence of the Ebola fever in Lyantonde. We are in touch with medical staff at Lyantonde Hospital and we will keep our readers updated.

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