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    Posted: May 06 2018 at 7:23am

Red Cross warns of suspected cholera outbreak in Kampala

May 5, 2018

There is a suspected cholera outbreak in Makindye Division in Kampala, according to the Uganda Red Cross Society.

In a short message shared in a closed URCS what Sapp group, Red Cross says it has received alerts through its U-report system of a suspected cholera outbreak in Kampala.

“Most of the suspected cases are coming from Makindye division through Kiruddu hospital,” reads the message. Adding that, “through our CP3 project for Epidemic and Pandemic disease surveillance, we are coordinating with MOH which advises that all suspected cases including confirmed cases once results are out be treated at Naguru Hospital.”

According to the text, six suspected cholera cases are currently in isolation at Naguru hospital receiving treatment. “Six samples were shipped to Central Public Health Laboratories (CPHL) for culture and sensitivity,” reads the text.

It notes that because of the historical complexity of responding to Cholera outbreaks in Kampala, risk communication and some aspects of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) campaign may need to start immediately.

Red Rross notes that it has already prepared its Kampala Branches to start preparations for response. “We will send out our Volunteers to roll out social mobilization (door to door sensitisations) in communities affected and those at risk within Kampala until the ministry declares Kampala Cholera free.”

Source:  https://http://dispatch.ug/2018/05/05/red-cross-warns-suspected-cholera-outbreak-kampala/


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Uganda: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2018

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On 23 February 2018, the Uganda Ministry of Health notified WHO of an outbreak of cholera in Kyangwali refugee settlement, located in Hoima district in the western part of the country. The outbreak started on 15 February 2018...As of 23 February 2018, a total of 700 suspected cholera cases, including 27 deaths (case fatality rate 3.9%) were reported. The affected population are mostly newly arrived refugees and a few members of the host community. The most affected places are a landing site at the shores of Lake Albert and new refugee settlements in the neighbourhood. (WHO, 23 Feb 2018)

On 19 March 2018, twenty (20) new patients were admitted to the Cholera Treatment Centers (CTCs), most of whom (77%) were new arrivals from [DRC]. As of that date, the cumulative number of cases reported was 1,747 with 36 deaths (CFR 2.06%). No deaths were recorded in all CTCs or in the isolation units. The cases are from Kyangwali, Kabwoya and Buseruka sub-counties. There are no cases in Hoima municipality. (WHO, 22 Mar 2018)

One person has been confirmed dead and more than 15 others hospitalised following an outbreak of cholera in Mbale District. The assistant district health officer said more cases have been reported in neighbouring sub counties of Namakwekwe, Namanyonyi and Bukasakya (Daily Monitor, 28 Jun 2018.)

As of 20 June 2018, a total of 92 cholera cases and one death were reported in Kampala Uganda (case fatality rate 1%). Seven new cases were admitted at the Mulago isolation center, this bring the total admissions to 16. Surveillance in hot spots as well as door to door community mobilization and media engagements is ongoing in the city. Other cholera outbreaks in the country that have been recorded this year include: Amudat, Kyegegwa, Kagadi, Mbale, Tororo and Hoima. (WHO, 6 Jul 2018)


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