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Two patients test positive to deadly Congo Virus as ministry of health alerts Ugandans

Ministry of Health has confirmed positive tests for deadly Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever in Uganda.

In a report released by the Acting Director General for Health Services Prof. Anthony K. Mbonye, two patients tested positive in the districts of Kiboga and Nakaseke districts.

Prof. Mbonye has also alerted DEOs in other districts in Western, Central and Karamoja about the fever.

The ministry explained: "On 20th August 2017, two viral Hermorrhagic fever (VHF) suspect blood samples (one from Kiboga Hospital and one from Nakaseke Hospital) tested positive for Crimean-Congo Hermorrhagic Fever (CCHF) virus by PCR."

It further read: "CCHF is a Viral Hermorrhagic (VHF) transmitted to humans through bites of infected ticks, contact with infected animal blood and tissue and through close contact with body fluids on infected persons."

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