BUDUDA – Ministry of Health has officially declared a Cholera outbreak in Bududa. The ministry has confirmed that three suspected cases have been identified, with no confirmed death.
The three suspected cases reported so far have originated from a community that has already been devastated by landslides.
The confirmation echoes an earlier report by the Red Cross Society which first raised an alarm on the outbreak of Cholera in May this year.
However, at the time, the health ministry said that none of the people close to the victim appeared to have been infected by the disease.
The ministry has also stated that the three suspected Cholera patients have been admitted at an isolation ward, Bukigai Health Centre II.
Mr. Emmanuel Ainebyona, the health ministry spokesperson has confirmed the development.
In 2017, more than four Cholera outbreaks were reported in the districts of Kween, Kampala, Bulambuli, Mbale and Hoima. In September 2018, the government launched a National Cholera Vaccination campaign that aimed to vaccinate over one million people in Cholera-prone areas.
Cholera is an infection caused by bacteria and it affects the intestines. The main symptoms include; (watery stool) diarrhoea and vomiting.
This may result in dehydration and in severe cases a greyish-bluish skin. Transmission occurs primarily by drinking water or eating food that has been contaminated with faeces.