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    <table border="0" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="0" width="480"><tbody><tr><td colspan="2" class="headline1">Masindi killer disease not meningitis - experts</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Sunday, 25th February, 2007</td> <td align="right"> <!-- E-mail and Print Article -->
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2"> By Kyetume Kasanga

    MEDICAL authorities in Masindi have ruled out meningitis as the cause of the recent deaths in Mutunda sub-county, Kibanda county.

    Seven people, including five from one family and a neighbour, have died since an outbreak was reported in Kajebe village about three weeks ago.

    “There are only two meningitis cases in the district and those are recovering at Kiryandongo Hospital, but the disease that is killing our people is elusive and highly contagious,” Dr. John turyagaruka, the district health officer, said on Saturday.

    He was addressing an emergency epidemic control task force meeting chaired by the district vice-chairperson, Jacob Karubanga, at the district chambers. The task force has surveillance, case management, logistics, mobilisation and coordination departments.

    Up to 110 people have died of meningitis in West Nile and Kotido district, out of about 3,000 reported cases since the epidemic broke out early this month. It has left schools, markets and disco halls closed in six districts.

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