By Kampala Post Reporter
KAMPALA. Government has confirmed cholera outbreak in Kampala after two patients tested positive on Monday.
Mr. Emmanuel Ainebyoona, Senior Public Relations Officer, Ministry of Health says other eight patients are currently receiving treatment at Naguru Hospital after presenting with Cholera symptoms.
“Eight patients from Kabowa , Rubanga division currently receiving treatment at Naguru Hospital after presenting with Cholera symptoms Preliminary results obtained out of 7 samples tested show that 2 samples are positive of cholera pending confirmatory tests from CPHL (Central Public Health Laboratories),” Mr. Ainebyoona said in a tweet on Monday.
He added that the Ministry of Health is currently investigating stool and blood samples obtained from 8 patients admitted at Naguru hospital.
Patients are residents of Kabowa, Rubanga division, Kampala district.
Cholera is an infection of the small intestine by some strains of the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.
The classic symptom of the disease is large amounts of watery diarrhea that lasts a few days. Vomiting and muscle cramps may also occur. Diarrhea can be so severe that it leads within hours to severe dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.
This may result in sunken eyes, cold skin, decreased skin elasticity and wrinkling of the hands and feet. Dehydration can cause the skin to turn bluish. Symptoms start two hours to five days after exposure.
Transmission is usually through the fecal-oral route of contaminated food or water caused by poor sanitation.