By Ahura Mujuni Mark
The Ministry of Health on Friday confirmed the outbreak of the deadly Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever in the northern Uganda district of Agago.
‘‘Uganda’s virus research institute in Entebbe took sample from one person who tested positive,’’ Uganda’s state minister of health Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye said at a press conference in Kampala.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever causes severe fever outbreaks and has a fatality rate of up to 40%.
The disease is transmitted to humans from ticks and from human to human through coming into contact with blood, secretions and body fluids from affected persons.
Locals first suspected that it was the deadly Ebola outbreak .