‘This is already an EPIDEMIC’ Doctor’s dire warning as eye-bleeding fever outbreak spreads

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
By Paul Martin

DOCTORS have warned a suspected outbreak of “eye-bleeding fever” must be declared an epidemic and emergency measures imposed to tackle the disease.

By Henry Holloway
16th January 2018

Dr Mukuzi Muhereza, from the Uganda Medical Association (UMA), has warned action must be taken over reports of growing numbers of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) cases.

He warned the disease is “highly contagious” and said the people “must be protected” to prevent it spreading.

The infection causes victims to suffer from a burning fever before beginning to bleed from orifices including their eyes, anuses and mouths.

It comes amid a growing war of words between the UMA and Uganda’s health ministry, who have said there is no CCHF in the country – despite confirming a case.

World Health Organisation (WHO) officials label any outbreak of CCHF as a major threat to public health.

Dr Muhereza said: “There are a several cases that are suspected.

“We therefore state that one confirmed case of CCHF is an epidemic already.

“The government should activate emergency levels, it should activate epidemic levels.”

The top doc added he was “disappointed” in how the outbreak had been handled by the health ministry – saying it was “very very unprofessional”.

He called on more protection for health workers and action to tackle

There were also fears of a similar disease taking hold in neighbouring South Sudan, but WHO has confirmed this has now been ruled out.

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