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Gov't confirms measles outbreak in Ntoroko, Mayuge

Government has confirmed a measles outbreak in Ntoroko and Mayuge districts. 

Dr Josephine Bwago, the head of department Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) at the Uganda Virus Research Institute says they received specimen of six measles suspects from Mayuge district on July 11 and another seven from Ntoroko district on July 12, 2018.
 
Dr Bwago says all the specimens tested positive for measles. All the suspects from Ntoroko are from Kanara sub-county while those of Mayuge are from Baitambogwe, Mpungwe and Wairasa sub-counties.

According to laboratory results memo report, the suspects are aged between 2 and 4 months. Measles is an acute and highly contagious viral disease that occurs primarily in children and is marked by running nose, dry cough, conjunctivitis, or swollen eyelids and inflamed eyes, watery eyes, and photophobia, or sensitivity to light.

In May, government announced an outbreak of measles in 26 districts across the country. The most affected then included Amuru, Kamuli, Mbale and Butebo districts.

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