(Xinhua) -- Uganda’s capital Kampala
is experiencing a Cholera outbreak which has left eight people
admitted to an isolation center, a ministry of health official
said here on Tuesday.
"Eight people are admitted at an
isolation center at the China-Uganda Friendship Hospital in
Kampala," Emma Ainebyoona, ministry of health spokesperson told
Xinhua by telephone on Tuesday.
He said the ministry had already dispatched a team to study
the source of the outbreak.
"We are working with the city authority health teams to
sensitize the public about proper sanitation.
"The situation will be contained," Ainebyoona said.
Cholera is a serious acute infectious disease characterized
by watery diarrhea and vomiting and can kill a person within
hours, according to the ministry of health.
It is spread through eating and drinking food contaminated
with fecal matter of an infected person.
Early last year, in midwestern Uganda, the disease left over
45 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo dead and some
2,000 others hospitalized.
Government then started a cholera vaccination exercise in
some parts of the country where the disease had broken out.
Uganda is among the five African countries supported by the
World Health Organization, United Nations Children’s Fund and
GAVI, global Vaccine Alliance, to use the Oral Cholera Vaccine
in the fight against the deadly disease.