Strange disease kills family of 12 in Kibaale

Friday July 27 2012

By Flavia Lanyero

A disease which is yet to be identified has claimed a family of 12 in Nyaswiga Village, Nyamarunda Sub-county in Kibaale District in a span of three weeks.

The District Health Officer, Mr Dan Kyamanywa, confirmed the deaths were caused by a strange disease and said the Virus Research Institute and the Central Public Health Laboratory was in the district to investigate the disease.

“For now we are calling the disease vomiting and diarrhea, in the next couple of days we shall know what the disease is and the cause,” Dr Kyamanywa said.

He added that the disease is characterised by fever, diarrhea and vomiting but said there is no need for panic as the situation is under control.
It is reported that blood also oozed from the nose and mouth of the victims before they died.

This development comes at a time when the country has for the past six months been investigating another mysterious disease in northern Uganda, the nodding syndrome.

The nodding disease has so far affected more than 3,500 and killed at least 200 people.
Its cause, mode of spread and cure are yet to be established.