The Uganda Ministry of Health reported today an update on the Sudan Virus Disease (SVD) outbreak.
On 20 September 2022, the Uganda Ministry of Health officially declared an outbreak of SVD. The index case is a 24-year-old male residing in Ngabano village, Madudu Sub-County in Mubende District.
According to the World Health Organization, the source and extent of this outbreak remain to be determined. From available information, it is possible that the event started three weeks ago and is already generating secondary or tertiary cases. Also, the outbreak was detected among individuals living around an active local gold mine with a highly mobile population. Patients presented at different facilities yielding suboptimal IPC practices where they died and were subsequently traditionally buried with large gathering ceremonies. In this context, the possibility of spread to other districts and importation of cases to neighboring countries cannot be ruled out.
Therefore, in the absence of specific vaccines and therapeutics, the control of this outbreak will solely rely on early detection, isolation and management of cases, optimal IPC measures, and robust risk
communication and community engagement.
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