- World Health Organisation says pneumonic plague presents signs and symptoms including; vomiting, body weakness, headache and fever, with an incubation period of at least 24 hours
- Early treatment of the disease has a high recovery rate
- The second victim who health workers at Warr Health Center III have failed to reveal her identity contracted the disease after residents in Paryema village had gathered last evening to pay their last respect to the Ugandan woman Jennifer Ngamita who died early this week
By Orachwun Cox
Zombo- One person has died and one other hospitalised at Warr Health Center III in Warr Sub county Zombo district following an outbreak of the infectious pneumonic plague in Warr Sub county in Zombo district.
The Zombo District Health Officer, Mr Sam Ajoga Ongier says the current pneumonic plague in the district is a spillover from the Democratic Republic of Congo DRC after a relative of a Ugandan woman succumbed to the pneumonic plague last week in DRC.
The deceased Ugandan woman, Jennifer Ngamita, a resident of Paryema village Warr Sub County died shortly on Monday after returning from the burial of her sister in DRC, who last week succumbed to the infectious pneumonic plague.
Mr Sam Ajoga says the woman tested positive and presented signs of nausea, vomiting, fever and chills before she died.
Mr Sam Ajoga told West Nile Press Online on phone this morning that government through Uganda Virus Research Institute UVRI and World Health Organisation WHO have had a swift response in order to contain further spread of the disease.
“One person died and the case can be traced back to DRC. We had a person who died from DRC and the sister also died soon after coming back to Warr sub county. But we are currently on the ground doing all we can to curtail the situation.”
Charles Munguriek, the LC3 chairman Warr Sub County Zombo district says the victim is currently admitted at the isolation ward at Warr Health Center III under very close monitoring and supervision by health workers.
“Our people move a lot and DRC is not far from Zombo district. Our culture is also letting us down. This woman contracted the disease as the village was paying tribute to Ngamita through the usual communal gathering, but we all hope government comes very fast to arrest the situation,” he told journalists this morning.
World Health Organisation describes Plague as an infectious disease caused by Yersinia pestis bacteria, normally found in small mammals including their fleas. Humans can be infected through; the bite of infected vector fleas and direct contact with infectious body fluids or contaminated materials among others.
Dr Openjtho George, the public health consultant in the ministry of Health says government has put all measures in place to contain the disease.
“We are currently conducting mass sensitsation of the community and vaccination of health workers. We have also dispatched drugs to the district. We don’t want to see new cases with all these interventions,” Dr. Openjtho told journalists.
Nimungu Erick, the Zombo district disease surveillance officer advises locals to wear protective gears such as gloves including having good hygiene when handling suspected cases of the disease.
“This disease is infectious and you should not touch any person you suspect to be suffering from this disease. You should wear gloves and be clean in case of you need to attend to such people,” Nimungu said during a community sensitisation at Paryema village Warr Sub County Zombo district on Monday.