October 24 2012
Health workers in Kabale District have launched Marburg screening at all health centers in the district as more cases of the deadly virus are reported.
This comes as number of people receiving treatment at an isolation unit at Rushoroza Health Center increased from two to five, while those under monitoring have increased to 120 from 36.
Kabale District Director of Health Services, Dr Patrick Tusiime, said on Tuesday that they have decided to extend the screening to all the health centers in the district since many people are believed to have had contact with victims.
He said the screening would be done on a daily basis to help them intervene quickly.
Kabale Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Mr Mathew Elayo says the move by authorities to keep patients away from their relatives is aimed at checking the spread of the disease and asked locals to cooperate and wipe out the disease.
Mr Elayo further said non-government organisations have joined efforts to wipe out the disease adding that more human resource may be required to handle the epidemic.
Marburg is a highly contagious disease that kills in a short time but can easily be prevented.
The disease which is caused by a virus spreads through direct contact with wounds, body fluids like blood, saliva, stool and urine of an infected person.