Via New Vision: Ugandans Free From Bird Flu - Gov't. Excerpt:
Uganda does not have any human victims or suspects of avian influenza, also known as bird flu, according to Dr Anthony Mbonye, the director of health service (clinical and community health) at the health ministry.
“We do not have any human cases of bird flu,” Mbonye told New Vision and described the 20 suspected cases among the fishermen at Lutembe landing site and on Bussi Island in Wakiso as a false alarm.
“We sent a team to Lutembe and Bussi and discovered that what was being referred to as suspected cases were alarmist.”
Mbonye, who was speaking on Saturday after a day-long meeting organised by the national task-force on bird flu, pointed out that the situation was under control. Dalaus Katende, a fisherman at Lutembe, said there was panic among the fishermen, who claimed they had symptoms similar to those of bird flu.
The Government responded by testing samples from the dead birds and water in parts of Lutembe Bay.
However, contrary to reports from Mbonye that the wild birds at Lutembe had stopped dying, Katende said they continue to die.
“The experts should come early in the morning and I take them to the roosting grounds. Most of the birds die at night, but scavenging birds and animals eat them in the day,” he said.
Mbonye said the Government set a taskforce to give an update on bird flu on Tuesday.