Thursday, November 1, 2012

Panic as Marbug victims clock four

This article with pictures, was brought to the New Vision site thru mobile.  It provides some much needed detail, including name and dates of death.  It is dated however.  Currently, if you refer to my latest Case List, you will see that Obed Tegyerieze has been tested negative and discharged.  There are some pictures at the link of Obed, and Mildred Ansasiire (Asasira) (26) who was buried on 10/18.

By Goodluck Musinguzi, Patrick Murangira and Esther Namirimu

At least four people are confirmed dead after they succumbed to the Marburg virus while six have been admitted at Kabale Hospital.
Bernard Rutaro, a former teacher in Ibanda District and his mother Lillian Banegura died on October 4 having exhibited symptoms of the virus.
Boaz Turyahikayo and Mildred Asasira succumbed to the virus on Thursday but health officials stopped burial of the victims until experts come from Kampala.

He said they chased away mourners and isolated health workers at the four centers where the families sought medical attention.
The centres are Kabale Regional Referral Hospital, Rugarama hospital, Rushoroza Health Center III and Kigozi Clinic.
John Banegura, the head of the family, is the latest to be admitted.
Doctor Placid Mihayo, the Kabale Hospital director, confirms the admission.
Mihayo says they have quarantined members of the family but situation seems to be worsening.
He says they are still waiting for a team of experts from Kampala.

Late Friday evening a Marburg carrier was believed to have been travelling between Rukungiri and Bushenyi.
Mihayo said they were tracing Obed Tegyereize to isolate him.
“We are appealing to the general population to report Obed Tegyereize so that he does not infect more people,” he said.

Mathew Elayu, the acting Kabale resident district commissioner said they were hunting for individuals whose tests were confirmed positive.
The disease has set off a wave of panic in Kabale because hundreds of people had gathered Thursday to bury the dead.

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