Mbale Prisons hit by dysentery, 60 prisoners infected
A dysentery outbreak has hit prisons in Mbale district in Eastern Uganda. Dysentery is an inflammatory disease of the intestine, especially of the colon, which always results in severe diarrhea and abdominal pains. Other symptoms may include fever and a feeling of incomplete defecation.
The disease is caused by several types of infectious pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and parasites.
Juma Edward Nyongesa, the Surveillance Focal Person in Mbale says more than 60 prisoners have been infected.
A medical team has moved to prisons to further assess the situation.