On Monday, the Uganda Ministry of Health received a report of a suspect viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) death in Luwero district. The case, a 20-year old female presented with a high fever, dizziness and blood secretion from her ears and mouth.
In addition, three other female patients have been admitted to Bishop Asili Hospital and are observation, according to Prof. Anthony Mbonye, acting Director of Health Services.
Testing performed by the Uganda Virus Research Institute was negative for Ebola, Marburg, Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever, Rift Valley Fever and Sosuga viruses.
Post-mortem reports indicate high levels of carboxyhemoglobin (due to carbon monoxide poisoning) that led to the death of the suspected case, officials note.
The Ministry of Health team is working closely with the District Health Team to monitor, review and manage these cases as well as orienting health workers on management and referral protocols of suspected cases.
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