MOYO. The local residents of Logoba parish in Moyo sub-county, Moyo district are living in fear following reports of Yellow Fever outbreak in the area.

The outbreak was confirmed by Dr. Ruth Jane Aceng, the Minister of Health on Friday.

In a press release, Dr. Aceng confirmed the Yellow Fever outbreak in the districts of Moyo and Buliisa.

“The Ministry of Health would like to inform the public of the confirmation of an outbreak of Yellow Fever in Moyo district in West Nile region and Buliisa district in Hoima region,” Aceng said.

She explained that in Moyo district, there are two confirmed cases of male adults aged 18 and 21 years. The two cases were dealing in cutting and trading timber between Uganda and South Sudan.

“On 2 January 2020, the two cases travelled from South Sudan to Moyo. Upon arrival, they got ill and on 3 January 2020, they were admitted at Logobo Health Center III in Moyo district. They were later referred to Moyo General Hospital with symptoms of fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, fatigue, headache, abdominal and joint pain, confusion and unexplained bleeding,” the Minister said.

“Unfortunately, they later died in the isolation ward of Moyo General Hospital. Blood samples were withdrawn and sent for testing at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI). Results from UVRI confirmed Yellow Fever infection,” Aceng added.

The deceased were both residents of Logoba parish, a reason people in the area are now living in fear of contracting the disease.

Mr Martin Lofuga, a resident said the confirmation of Yellow Fever in Logoba parish has sent them in total panic.

“Who knows we are unknowingly living with the disease?” Lofuga asked, adding that there are high chances that the disease has spread in the area because the deceased were our own.

According to Mr Michael Adrawa, the Moyo district assistant health officer, Yellow Fever is a disease transmitted through bites of mosquitoes infected by the Yellow Fever virus (flavivirus).

He said its symptoms include; high fever, headache, general body aches, fatigue, vomiting, blood in urine or stool and or yellow discolouration of skin and or eyes.

The district health teams of Moyo and Buliisa have already initiated investigations in to the outbreak.

In addition, the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) have dispatched rapid response teams to Moyo and Buliisa districts to support investigations, active search for cases, community mobilization and sensitization.

The Ministry of Health has also appealed to the general public to observe the following;

All travellers in and out of the country MUST be vaccinated against Yellow Fever. Travellers are urged to comply with this travel requirement to ensure that the risk of spread of Yellow Fever through international travel is minimized.

The population is advised to always sleep under a mosquito net. Report any suspected cases to the nearest health facility.

In conclusion, the Ministry of Health re-echoes its call to the public to cooperate with officials during the investigation and response to the outbreaks. The Ministry would also like to re-assure Ugandans and all other residents that with the experience and expertise available in the country, the disease will be contained.

“We appeal to the public to remain calm and vigilant and report any suspected cases to the nearest health facility or call our toll-free number 0800-203-033,” Aceng said.