Doctors from Mubende District on Thursday visited the two villages affected by a strange disease to establish what it is and how it is spreading from one person to another.They took blood samples and interrogated residents about the disease which is still strange.
The doctors visited Kiryandongo parish in Kisanda and examined the residents .The district health officer, Dr Wilson Mubiru, explained that the first patients registered with symptoms of the disease suspected they were suffering from Ebola.
“We have forwarded blood tests to the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in Entebbe. Although we are yet to get the results, we highly doubt whether this is Ebola,” Dr Mubiru said.
Dr Asuman Lukwago, the Ministry of Health permanent secretary, yesterday confirmed that cases of the strange illness had been reported to them, saying they were following it up.
Five people have so far died while 30 others are admitted to different health centres as a result of a strange disease that has hit Mubende District.
The disease broke out a few weeks ago, it causes heat around the chest and itching in the neck, and within a few hours, the patient starts vomiting and bleeding through the nose and the mouth. It also causes diarrhoea and a high fever.
Residents claim that the disease is as a result of witchcraft .