One of the two people, who were admitted on Monday with signs of the deadly marburg fever, has died.
Edward Turyamureba, a 38-year-old resident of Kicumbi Cell, Kamuganguzi
sub-county, succumbed to severe bleeding and vomiting on Tuesday
He is the sixth person suspected to have died from the disease since it
was reported earlier this month. He was laid to rest at a brief funeral
Two people were admitted to an isolation centre at Rushoroza Health Centre III in Kabale district on Monday.
However, the Ministry of Health spokesperson, Rukia Nakamatte, yesterday
said samples from the patients tested at the Uganda Virus Research
Institute laboratory in Entebbe were negative.
Since the marburg virus was first reported in the country, only one
person has been confirmed to have contracted it since the five suspected
victims were buried before tests were carried out.
Meanwhile, Obed Ntegyereize, the first confirmed victim, is steadily
recovering, after tests conducted on him on Tuesday turned out negative,
health officials disclosed.
Ntegyereize is related to the five people who died from a mysterious disease linked to the marburg fever two weeks ago.
Dr. Patrick Tusiime, the Kabale district director of health services,
said a surveillance team was monitoring the bereaved family to ascertain
whether they are not infected.
Panic engulfed residents yesterday after one of the patients at Kabale
Hospital, initially suspected to have marburg, passed away. However,
Tusiime said the deceased succumbed to a stroke.
At Mulago Hospital, Sharon Twinomujuni, who tested positive for Marburg,
is steadily improving. The hospital’s spokesperson, Enock Kusasira,
said doctors had recommended a strict diet to aid her recovery.
He also said the hospital had not registered any new case of Marburg
although the 26 people who came into contact with her were under
surveillance. An additional 132 people are being monitored in Kabale
In Rukungiri district, health officials have put at least 21 families on
surveillance in Nyamitoma village, Bikurungu parish, on suspicion that
they came into contact with the first victim during prayers in a church.
Authorities have since closed the church to prevent the spread of the
Compiled by Isaac Nuwagaba, Goodluck Musinguzi, Caleb Bahikaho, Taddeo Bwambale and Viola Nabatanzi