By Wilber Muhwezi Kasibante
45-year-old man identified as John Muramira Kein, a resident of Kyaruhijika village in Rwijangye Parish, Kyabugimbi Sub County in Bushenyi district died at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital after presenting signs of Rift Valley Fever.
Rift Valley Fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic fever that is most commonly seen in domesticated animals as cattle, sheep, and goats and can also cause illness in people. It is caused by the rift valley virus.
His relatives said he started with a fever, headache which they thought was malaria and took him to Mushanga Health Center III.
It is reported that When they reached the health center he started passing blood through the nose, stool and then rushed him to Ishaka Adventist Hospital where he also failed to stabilize and they ended up at Mayanja Memorial Hospital in Mbarara city.
The victim was later transferred to Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital for better management and it is where he was diagnosed with Rift Valley Fever (RVF).
The head of Community Health at Mbarara regional Referral Hospital Dr Francis Mugabi said that the patient was brought when he was unconscious, bleeding from the nose, vomiting blood and also had severe kidney failure which symptoms made them to take samples from him and sent them to Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in Entebbe which confirmed rift valley fever.
Dr Mugabi further said that the Ankole sub region experienced an outbreak of RVF in January 2023 and the disease has been in the districts of Kazo, Isingiro, Mbarara and Kiruhura.
He said that the disease rarely causes death in humans apart from a very small percentage that gets severe signs like the one that has claimed the life of Muramira.
He said Majority of the people get mild symptoms and they recover.