The girl dropped dead with the symptoms of an extremely contagious viral disease than can kill up to 40% of all infected.
She had contracted the bizarre new disease with similarities to the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever.
This disease — usually spread by tick bites or contact with infected livestock — can cause muscle pains, headaches, vomiting, diarrhoea and bleeding.
And panic is spreading after the sudden death of a girl in the Nakaseke District of Uganda.
A rapid response health team was rushed from the local hospital with a body bag to collect her and prevent any possible outbreak.
Health teams disinfected the girl’s home after her death on Thursday night local time, but didn’t give her grieving family any details about when they could have her body back.
Speaking to local media, family member Harriet Nalunkuma said: “We are stranded on what to do because the health teams took away the body.
“We are waiting for a communication regarding the burial arrangements.”
Local district Health Officer Dr Badru Ssesimba confirmed that blood samples from the girl’s body had been handed over to the Uganda Virus Research Institute, but wouldn’t give more details.
“We are stranded on what to do because the health teams took away the body”
Authorities at the hospital — who didn’t want to be named — said that the body would be buried by health teams due to the “sensitivity” about a further outbreak.
But local officials in the East African country — which has been plagued by similar outbreaks recently — said this could be a completely new disease.
Last week Uganda’s Ministry of Health denied claims by local officials in Nakaseke that Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic fever had broken out.
But Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Health Dr Diana Atwine confirmed that fluid and blood samples from the dead child are being tested to find out exactly what she died from.
This week MPs in Uganda’s Parliament claimed there was a cover-up of a deadly plague outbreak in Uganda by the government.
Recently there were fears that a tribal ‘Cleaning of Corpses’ ritual in Indonesia could lead to a fresh Black Death outbreak.
And the World Health Organisation warned last week that an extra £3 million was needed by April to stop the return of Black Death.