Thursday, 18 October 2018

UVRI in the Press - 2003


SARS suspect cleared 

The New  Vision, Jun 20, 2003

TESTS of the Chinese man who was quarantined after being suspected of having the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) about a month ago have come out negative, reports Edris Kisambira. 
A memo from the acting director of the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), Dr. Miph Musoke, to Dr. Sam Okware, the chairman of the national task force on the pneumonia-like disease, said , “I am glad to inform you that results of diagnostic tests for SARS on samples collected by the UVRI lab team from a traveller on Air Tanzania who arrived in Uganda some weeks ago (originating from Beijing, China) and was quarantined / investigated by the national SARS task force were negative.”
The memo, dated June 12, said the UVRI team was on standby to handle any other case of the SARS nature. 
Okware on Wednesday said the results were a great relief. 
He said the quarantine facility the task force has been setting up at Entebbe is complete with 14 beds. 
He said UVRI had also strengthened surveillance. 
The health desk that was set up at the height of the epidemic in the Far East is still operational. Okware said more than 10,000 people had gone through the desk.

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