Cholera outbreak confirmed in Kampala

Cholera outbreak confirmed in Kampala
Cholera outbreak confirmed in Kampala.

Two out of the eight people admitted at Naguru hospital with cholera symptoms, tested positive to the disease – pending confirmatory tests by the Central Public Health Laboratories (CPHL).

The group of patients was referred to Naguru from Kabowa in Rubaga division after they presented cholera like symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting.

Ministry of Health spokesperson Emmanuel Ainebyoona says that ministry is still investigating stool and blood samples obtained from the eight patients admitted at Naguru hospital. He, however, added that preliminary results indicated that two of the cases were suffering from cholera.

Naguru hospital executive director Dr Emmanuel Batibwe says that the eight patients are responding to treatment. “We have admitted them in the isolation ward and so far, they are stable and responding to treatment.”

Last year, more than four cholera outbreaks were reported in the districts of Kween, Kampala, Bulambuli, Mbale and Hoima. In September 2018, the government launched a national cholera vaccination campaign that aimed to vaccinate over one million people in cholera prone areas.

Cholera is an infection caused by the bacteria and affects the intestines. The main symptoms are watery diarrhea and vomiting. This may result in dehydration and in severe cases grayish-bluish skin. Transmission occurs primarily by drinking water or eating food that has been contaminated with faeces.