By Kampala Post Reporter
KAMPALA. Two Cholera patients on Tuesday escaped from their isolation unit as more suspected cases are registered at Naguru hospital.
Mr. Emmanuel Ainebyoona, Senior Public Relations Officer, Ministry of Health says the incident happened as two more patients presenting with the disease signs and symptoms were admitted at Naguru Hospital on Tuesday, bringing the number to 10 cases since January 4th.
Patients are residents of Kabowa, Rubanga division, Kampala district.
“The Community in Kabowa should encourage two patients who escaped from the isolation unit to return to Naguru Hospital and complete their treatment in order to avoid further spread of the disease,” he said in a tweet, adding that two cases have so far tested positive of Cholera through Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT).
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.
Below is what you need to know about the disease from the Ministry of Health.