By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In a follow-up on the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) situation in Kikuube district in the western part of the country, health officials report a second case epidemiologically linked to the case patient as a primary contact.

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the first case was confirmed on 28 April 2021 in a 16-year-old female from Munsiinsa-A village in the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, Kikuube district on 27 April 2021.

The second case is a 13-year-old male from Busisa-Kyangwali, who was admitted on 29 April 2021 with a high grade fever, blood in his urine and vomiting blood. A sample was shipped to the UVRI and returned PCR positive for CCHF on 4 May 2021.

Both patients are currently stable and showing signs of improvement.

WHO says Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever is known to be present in livestock in Uganda and the country is experienced in responding to outbreaks of infectious diseases, as evidenced by the prompt diagnosis, isolation and treatment of the two cases so far.