Gov’t confirms Influenza A outbreak in schools

BY: Eyalama In Corona, News On

The government has announced that there has been a confirmed outbreak of influenza A in schools. This comes after the rise in cases of flu and cough in Kampala and Wakiso schools.

While addressing journalists at the Media Centre, the Minister of State for Primary Education Dr. Joyce Moriku Kaducu said the ministry of health has made thorough research and tests on the flu and cough in schools.

Kaducu said the children have been presenting symptoms similar to what was thought to be COVID-19. She said that health experts have confirmed it to be Influenza A, a health problem that comes when there is a change in the weather patterns.

The investigations ruled out COVID-19 in schools after all 198 samples tested Negative. However, 58 samples tested for positive Influenza A and two tested positive for Influenza B.

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According to experts, in some people, the flu can be severe and lead to serious complications such as pneumonia.

Kaducu revealed that it most likely affects the very young, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with chronic health problems.

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The minister advised schools to adhere to the SOPs as well as observe hygiene.

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