By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Uganda Ministry of Health confirmed an outbreak of yellow fever in Moyo District in West Nile region and Buliisa District in Hoima region.


According to the World Health Organization, there are two confirmed cases in Moyo district. Both cases traveled from South Sudan for work purposes and later presented with symptoms of fever, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, abdominal and joint pain, confusion and unexplained bleeding.

They later died in the isolation ward of Moyo General Hospital. Yellow fever was confirmed by laboratory testing.

In addition, officials report two confirmed cases, a husband and wife in Buliisa. Both contracted yellow fever with the husband dying from the disease.

The district health teams of Moyo and Buliisa have initiated investigations. In addition, the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization have dispatched Rapid Response Teams to Moyo and Buliisa Districts to support: investigations, active search for cases, community mobilization and sensitization.

The Ministry of Health has requested for the Yellow Fever vaccines from the International Coordination Group that manages Global Stockpiles of Yellow Fever and Meningitis vaccines. It is anticipated that within the next two weeks, vaccines will be available and vaccination will commence in Moyo and Buliisa districts.

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