Fresh Cholera Outbreak: Four Dead, 25 Admitted In Hoima and Buliisa

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Two people have died and19 others are receiving treatment following a suspected cholera outbreak in Buseruka Sub County, Hoima district. The District Health Inspector (DHI) Fredrick Byenume explains that the duo died after suffering from a running stomach, high fever, general body weakness and dehydration; all signs of Cholera.

Two people have died and19 others are receiving treatment following a suspected cholera outbreak in Buseruka Sub County, Hoima district.
 
The District Health Inspector (DHI) Fredrick Byenume says the outbreak has been reported at Kijangi landing site, Tonya parish, along the Lake Albert shoreline.
 
Byenume identifies the deceased as only Onenchan (30) and Aliwaawe (32), residents of Kijangi landing site.
 
This fresh outbreak was reported last week .The two died on Sunday. Byenume explains that the duo died after suffering from a running stomach, high fever, general body weakness and dehydration; all signs of Cholera.
 
Byenume says a treatment centre has been established at Kijangi landing site where the 19 patients are being treated. The health department has also stepped up a sensitization campaign on hygiene and sanitation in the affected area.
 
Although samples are yet to be taken for a laboratory test in Kampala, Byenume says all the clinical signs point to Cholera.
 
In the neighboring Buliisa district, two people have died in Butiaba Sub County. Robert Mugabe, the District Health Officer (DHO) says six others are on treatment with signs of Cholera.
 
This is the second Cholera outbreak in the two districts this year. In April, three people died while sixteen others were treated in Kigorobya Sub County. About 30 cholera cases were registered in Buliisa district the same month.
 
The Lake Albert shoreline is Cholera prone at the start of the rainy season. Health officials attribute the problem to poor hygiene and sanitation standards in the area.