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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Uganda : Measles hit Iganga, 60 hospitalised

Via Daily Monitor :

" A child has died and 60 others admitted to various health centres following a measles outbreak in Iganga District, health officials have said.Dr David Muwanguzi, the district health officer, said five cases of blood samples taken to Uganda Virus Institute tested positive.

The first cases of the disease, which is affecting children between one and five years, were reported in November last year. Dr Muwanguzi said Makutu, Buyanga and Busembatya sub-counties are the worst hit by the ailment.Medical personnel at all the health centres have been alerted to liaise with the district officials to treat the affected children. “We are treating all those infected as we wait for the mass immunisation exercise scheduled for April,” said Dr Muwanguzi. He said the challenge now is shortage of drugs and appealed to health partners to help."

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