Measles cases in Hoima rise to 39
The number of measles cases in Hoima District has risen to 39 as health officials fear that hundreds of other residents are at risk of contracting the disease.
Health workers confirmed the outbreak in the district recently.
“We have registered a cumulative number of 39 cases. We have not registered more deaths other than the two people who died shortly before the disease was confirmed,” the district health inspector, Mr Fredrick Byenume, said, adding that health workers were making interventions to control further infections.
The disease has been confirmed in Kamwokya, Bukinda, Kasonga, Rwensambya, Wairaga villages in Kyangwali Sub-county and in Mparo Division in Hoima Municipality.
Mr Byenume said most patients are children below the age of five.
There are also few cases where people contracted the disease although they were previously immunised.
According to health officials, patients who have ever been immunised against the disease got mild infections but have been quick to recover and respond to treatment.
The Kyangwali councillor, Mr George Bashaija, said many residents, who contracted the disease before medical officials confirmed the outbreak, did not know that they had measles.
“They thought it was malaria and swallowed panadols while others used herbs without knowing that they had contracted measles,” Mr Bashaija said.
Buhaguzi County MP Julius Junjura Bigirwa said his constituents suspect the outbreak could have been spread by Congolese refugees.
More than 6,000 refugees from Eastern DR Congo have been settled in Kyangwaliu Refugee Camp in Hoima District since December.