By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Samples from a 19-year-old female from Mbarara district in Southwestern Uganda tested positive for Rift Valley Fever (RVF) at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) on May 13, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The patient presented to a hospital in Kampala on May 12 with symptoms of infection, kidney injury and bleeding from the nose and mouth.
In total, the woman consulted with five health facilities for medical attention but failed to improve. On May 13, she died.
Officials report there are reported abortions in goats in neighboring areas.
Rift Valley Fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic fever that causes illness in animals (such as cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats, and camels).
Most people with RVF have either no symptoms or a mild illness with fever, weakness, back pain, and dizziness. A small percentage (8-10%) of people with RVF develop much more severe symptoms, including eye disease, hemorrhage (excessive bleeding), and encephalitis (swelling of the brain). Most people recover within one week. Approximately 1% of people who get RVF die.