October 22, 2012
By Jane Nambi
34 people are under surveillance by the Ministry
of Health for the Marburg virus after attending the burial of the five
people who died last week of the virus.
The 34 people however are
not in isolation as they are being monitored from the communities.
According to the spokesperson of the Ministry of Health, Rukia
Nakamatte, they will be taken into isolation only after manifesting
symptoms of the disease.
However, of the 34, only one person has
shown signs of the disease and is under isolation in Rushoroza Health
Center 3. “We have received a call from Rushoroza where another patient
is showing Marburg symptoms. We are going to test him,” Dr. Placid
Mihayo, the Kabale Hospital director said.
Rukia made the
confirmation saying, “There is only one person who was admitted at the
Rushoroza Health Center 3 and is under isolation.”
The 34 under surveillance are from Kitumba village.
people originally died from Marburg in Kabale district where the Ebola
virus also first hit killing more than five people last month. Marburg
is said to have the same symptoms as those of Ebola.