UVRI Confirms Fresh Yellow Fever, West Nile Fever and Zika Forest Fever Infections in Lamwo

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Dr Oyoo however says there is no cause for alarm as the viruses are inactive since people in the district are vaccinated against yellow fever.

Fresh infections of Yellow Fever, West Nile Fever and Zika Forest Fever have been reported in Lamwo district.   Dr. Charles Oyoo Akiya, the Lamwo District Health Officer says this was confirmed in the tests carried out by Uganda Virus Research Institute in November on some people who presented with strange illnesses in the district.
 
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Dr Oyoo however says their no cause for alarm as the viruses are inactive since people in the district are vaccinated against yellow fever. A single dose of Yellow fever vaccine protects the body for up to ten years.

According to Dr. Oyoo, the Institute worked with other partners such as the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries to collect 17 samples that were examined for confirmatory tests that discovered the antibodies.

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Dr. Oyo says the strange illness was first reported in Padwat Parish in Palabek Ogili Sub County in Lamwo district on November 12th, 2013 according to Dr. Oyoo Charles Akiya.

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Dr. Joseph Wamala, a Senior Epidemiologist with the Ministry of health says they have collected 32 other samples from Livestock, poultry, Vectors including mosquitoes and black flies; and from humans for further analysis. He says they are interested in establishing why one of the women in the district developed yellow fever after vaccination.

He explained that the dose she received could have had storage problems. According to Dr. Wamala, few men were vaccinated against yellow fever in 2011 as majority of men thought the vaccines were only meant for women and children.
 
 

 

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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.