Uganda confirms new wave of viral influenza within the population

Kampala, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | The Ministry of Health has affirmed that a recent surge in flu cases has affected some Ugandans over the past four months.

Dr. Allan Muruta Niyonzima, Commissioner of Integrated Epidemiology, Surveillance, and Public Health Emergencies, disclosed that the current wave of viral influenza (flue illness circulating within the population), which began in September last year, is now tapering off.

Dr. Muruta emphasized the importance of adhering to COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), such as mask-wearing and sanitization, to reduce transmission.

Seasonal influenza, caused by influenza viruses, is a global occurrence, with approximately a billion cases annually, including 3–5 million instances of severe illness, as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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The virus spreads through respiratory droplets, making vaccination the most effective preventive measure.

Typical influenza symptoms encompass a sudden onset of fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, and fatigue. While experts recommend treating symptoms for relief, they also advocate for adequate rest and increased fluid intake.

Most individuals are expected to recover within a week, according to health professionals.