Vidyya keeps a close eye on any world wide disease outbreaks. Since last fall we have kept our readers up-to-date on the Ebola epidemic in Uganda. As the cholera epidemic in South Africa worsens, it is our mission to follow and report on any news as it is released.
Here is the update on the current situation:
On 9 January, the Ugandan
Ministry of Health has reported a confirmed case of Ebola haemorrhagic fever in Gulu
district. This patient, who has died, was a known close contact of a previous case.
The cumulative total number of cases for Gulu is now 395 cases with 150 deaths.
No new confirmed cases have been reported in Masindi
district since 19 December 2000. The cumulative total number of cases remains 27
cases and 19 deaths.
Active case finding and follow up of contacts of suspected
and confirmed cases are continuing in both districts.
As of 8 January, the Kwazulu-Natal
Department of Health has reported 15 983 cases and 60 deaths since the start of the
outbreak in mid-August 2000.
Cholera cases and deaths are only reported once laboratory
testing has taken place and cholera is confirmed.
The outbreak in Kwazulu-Natal is affecting: the Empangeni
area, made up of the Lower Umfolozi districts, which include Hlabisa and Ngwelezane and
the Eshowe/Nkandla area. The lower South Coast is affected mainly in the KwaDukuza/Stanger
area and Ugu Region/South Coast.
A team of epidemiologists from the WHO Regional Office for
Africa is working with the Department of Health to assess control measures taken so far
and to further limit the spread of the outbreak.
No special travel restrictions are in place for either country.