Eye-bleeding fever outbreak WORSENS with new strain found by doctors as 10 CASES confirmed

Thursday, January 25, 2018
By Paul Martin

AN OUTBREAK of so-called “eye-bleeding fever” is spreading as another 10 cases of the infection along with another strain have been revealed by the government.

By Henry Holloway
25th January 2018

At least 10 cases of two different strains of hemorrhagic fever has been confirmed by Uganda’s health ministry.

Four cases of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) and five cases of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) were announced by health minster Jane Ruth Aceng.

She confirmed the outbreak has taken hold in the “Cattle Corridor” – which is a stretch of farmland running through central Uganda.

This is on top of the one case which was already confirmed by the health ministry earlier in January – and an unconfirmed death of a girl, 9.

Both hemorrhagic strains of the illnesses have patients struck by a high flu-like fever before suffering uncontrolled bleeding.

Blood can well-up from their noses, gums, anuses and eyes resulting in a horrific and painful death with fatality rates of up 40%.

Dr Aceng said the government has deployed “rapid intervention” teams to tackle both reports of CCHF and RVF.

The health minister added: “There have been sporadic cases of CCHF and RVF along the Cattle Corridor.

“The government would like to inform the general public that rapid interventions to manage and control the situations are underway.”

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