Uganda Reports Outbreak of Hemorrhagic Virus in West of Country

Two people in western Uganda contracted Rift Valley Fever, an infectious hemorrhagic virus, and three others are being tested for the disease, the Health Ministry said.

The outbreak of the illness occurred in Kabale district, about 340 kilometers (211 miles) southwest of the capital, Kampala, the ministry said in an e-mailed statement Tuesday. No deaths have been recorded since the first case was recorded March 4, it said.

“The government calls upon the public to stay calm as all possible measures are being undertaken to control the situation,” it said.

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