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Residents worried for an unidentified disease outbreak with twenty confirmed dead in Uganda

 The authorities ask to declare quarantine while the experts investigate the cause of the "unusual" deaths and are concerned that the population has begun to migrate to neighboring areas.

 Alarms have been raised in Uganda by an "unidentified" disease that has so far left twenty dead in two villages during the last three months. The first deaths have taken place in Kijonjo A and Kijonjo B, in the Kasasa sub-county, from where the cases have spread to the surrounding area, according to the local newspaper 'Daily Monitor'.  


Given this situation, the authorities of the Ugandan district of Kyotera have asked the central government to declare a quarantine in both villages to prevent this new condition from spreading.

 Those infected with this disease show symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, headache and bleeding before dying in a period of two to three days, says the Ugandan newspaper 'The Monitor'. As for possible causes, Kasasa Sub-County Chairman Denis Muyunga has said that some residents speak of witchcraft, while others point to a caterpillar that breeds in coffee plantations and then bites victims.  


"Let the experts come here and help us," Muyunga pleaded, saying five other residents have similar symptoms and are being treated by traditional healers in the area.

 The president of the Kyotera district, Patrick Kintu Kisekuulo, has indicated that for now there is no certainty that the disease is contagious and that they are still waiting for the investigations initiated by the Ministry of Health. However, “people have begun to migrate to neighboring areas, which worries us. We believe that the best measure should be to declare quarantine while health experts finalize a report on what may be the cause of these unusual deaths, "he explained.

 For her part, the deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, Odirah Nansamba, stated that the situation is still being investigated and that the authorities have already sent experts to the area “who are working tirelessly to establish the cause of this strange disease. The report is expected to be available this week. Our concern is that residents are visiting local healing centres believing that the cure will be given to them by traditional healers," she stressed. 


 In addition, Ella Nansamba urged local leaders to help them raise awareness in the communities so that they can contain this problem.


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