Saturday, October 27, 2012

#Marburg death toll climbs to seven

By Goodluck Musinguzi

Another person has died of the Marburg viral disease in the southwestern district of Kabale, bringing the total number of such deaths to seven.

Lydia Rusanyuka died Saturday morning at Rushoroza health center three after spending less than a week under medical care inside the isolation center.

The deadly virus claimed its seventh victim just a little over a week since its outbreak in the district was first reported by health experts.

The medics had settled onto the conclusion after samples from two relatives taken to the Uganda Virus Institute had tested positive.

Rusanyuka, the mother of a mortuary attendant who also succumbed to the disease had been tested positive with the virus prior to her death.

Her son, Jason Tumukunde also died of the same disease.

Doctor Patrick Tusiime, the Kabale District health officer has said the deceased will be buried in Bukora, Kitumba sub-county Kabale district today.

Meanwhile, the wife of the late Tumukunde, his sister and their eight-year-old daughter remain in isolation at Rushoroza after testing positive.

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