Rift Valley Fever in Uganda

Updated: November 21, 2018

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Original publication date: August 1, 2018

Current Situation

Outbreaks of Rift Valley fever in humans have been confirmed in Uganda.

The Uganda Ministry of Health has reported 23 cases of Rift Valley fever, including 19 confirmed cases, since June 29, 2018. Cases were reported in 11 districts in Western Uganda. Insingiro district has reported the highest number of cases.

Individuals who are most at risk of exposure to Rift Valley fever are groups working with animals such as farmers, veterinarians and slaughterhouse workers in areas reporting cases.

 

About Rift Valley fever?

Rift Valley fever is an infection that is caused by a virus. The disease affects mostly animals (such as sheep, goats, cattle and camels) but can also cause illness in humans. The disease has been reported only in Africa, most commonly sub-Saharan Africa.

Humans can get Rift Valley fever through:

Symptoms of Rift Valley fever are usually mild and may include:

In less than 1% of human cases, the disease can be severe and cause death.  

There is no vaccine or medication available for humans to prevent Rift Valley fever.

There is no specific treatment for Rift Valley fever but medical care can help with recovery and the control of symptoms.

Recommendations

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic, preferably 6 weeks before you travel.

  1. Avoid exposure to infected animals:
  1. Protect yourself from insect bites at all times. Rift Valley fever virus is transmitted by mosquitoes that can bite during the day and night.
  1. Eat and drink safely abroad:
  1. Monitor your health:

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