Friday, November 16, 2007

Fever, diarrhea, and death in Uganda

The Ugandan Ministry of Health reported that 14 out of 51 people infected with a strange new febrile illness have died in the last 3 months. Patients didn't have Marburg or Ebola, and the infectious agent hasn't een identified yet. They suspect it is *viral*.

Even though victims succumb to some strange fever, it definitely isn't hemorrhagic. People who have died died not of bleeding but from diarrhea (severe dehydration). Symptoms were fever and abdominal pain.

As one Health Ministry official put it, "There are a lot of funny viruses in those mountains."

If that's not disconcerting enough, he said that cases are still continuing to pop up and the infection is definitely not yet contained.

Happy Thanksgiving! Learning about all these viruses makes me thankful we've only got Ad14 to worry about... for now.


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