Monday, October 22, 2012

Four Rwanda districts put on high risk #Marbug alert

 Tue, Oct 23rd, 2012
Musanze, Gicumbi, Nyagatare and Burera districts that border Uganda are on high alert over the Marburg hemorrhagic fever.

Efforts are being intensified to ensure that the outbreak of the highly contagious deadly disease doesn’t spread to Rwanda.
Therese Mujawamariya, the Vice Mayor in charge of social affairs in Gicumbi District, yesterday said the district shares a boundary with Kabale District in Uganda where the out break was confirmed, having claimed five people by press time.
Mujawamariya told The New Times she was meeting with a team from immigration and other officials at Gatuna border to discuss means of preventing the epidemic and sensitising residents.
Gatuna is the main border town between Rwanda and Uganda.
“We are also going to minimise movement to and from Kabale district to ensure that infected persons don’t cross into Rwanda. People should travel through the official borders and also report immediately any cases with symptoms of this disease,” she said.
Mujawamariya urged the public to remain vigilant and avoid direct contact with persons who have the Marburg virus symptoms.


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