The ministry of health has announced a measles outbreak in two central districts of Kampala and Wakiso.
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Prof Anthony Mbonye, the ministry’s Acting Director General of Health Services said in a statement that the airborne disease has already been confirmed in seven people after laboratory tests were done within the month of July, while 67 other cases have been identified.
“The most affected age group are children under 1 year. All the five divisions of Kampala, as well as several suburbs in Wakiso District are affected,” reads in part a statement issued by Prof Mbonye today.
Patients suffering from measles present symptoms such as high fever, whooping cough and red swelling eyelids, muscle and body aches, irritability, a running nose, watery eyes and rashes.
Early symptoms of the disease, Prof Mbonye says, lasts between one to eight days, before one develops a rash.
The dangerous disease can be prevented by immunisation and vaccination of children. Prof Mbonye says the ministry has outlined a four point programme to control the spread of the disease. These include investigating the extent of the spread of measles in the affected districts, sensitisation and educating the public about the signs, symptoms and dangers of the diseases, undertaking immunisation programmes of children and management of all suspected cases.
Measles is an airborne disease that affects mainly children aged between six months and ten years of age although it can also affect adults. It is spread through air and contact with an infected person.
How to avoid contracting the disease
- Avoid direct contact with children infected or suspected to be infected with the disease
- Report and immediately take any suspected children to nearby health facilities
- Take unvaccinated children under five years of age for immunisation to the nearest health facilities
Some early symptoms of measles include high fever, whooping cough and red swelling eyelids, muscle and body aches, and irritability, running nose, watery eyes and rash.
The above early symptoms usually last three to four days, although they can last as little as one day or as long as eight days, before the measles rash manifests
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