Jun 28, 2022

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Monkeypox: Uganda isolates six, takes samples to S Africa for testing

Uganda has isolated six people suspected of having monkeypox, authorities have confirmed.

Among the six are two Congolese refugees, aged 2 and 12.



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Samples of the six were used to Flown to South Africa for testing as Uganda currently does not have the capacity to test for monkeypox. Uganda has no reagents for testing for monkeypox and attempts to procure them from neighboring DR Congo have been unsuccessful, authorities confirmed.

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The Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) said, it began preliminary investigations after receiving information that the six showed symptoms similar to those caused by monkeypox.

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Two of the suspected cases have been isolated in the US southwestern district of Kisoro, which borders DR Congo and Rwanda, while four have been isolated in Kampala City.

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