– A woman suspected to have been infected with the disease was admitted at Kericho Referral Hospital and isolated
– Her blood sample was collected and taken to Kenya Medical Research Institute in Nairobi for further analysis
– The county government of Kericho noted results from preliminary tests were expected to come out between 12 and 24 hours
– County medics, however, noted the symptoms exhibited by the patient could also be indicative of any other medical condition
– The reports come at a time when Kenya’s neighbour Uganda has been struggling to contain Ebola outbreak with at least two deaths reported
An unconfirmed first case of Ebola has been reported in Kenya after a woman suspected to have been infected with the deadly disease was admitted at Kericho Referral Hospital on Sunday, June 16, evening.
The patient who was reportedly travelling from Malaba town situated on Kenya’s border with Uganda to Kericho exhibited symptoms of the viral disease and was immediately placed in isolation and blood samples taken to Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in Nairobi for further analysis.
In a statement sent to newsrooms on Monday morning, the county government of Kericho confirmed a suspected case of Ebola had been reported at the county referral hospital and appropriate measures had been put in place to minimise contact with the patient.
“The County Disease Surveillance Team has taken all the necessary precautions to ensure that there is minimal contact between the patient and other persons at the hospital including the staff and other hospital users,” the statement read.
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The county’s department of health services is closely monitoring the case and is working closely with the national government to ensure all essential procedures are followed to keep the public safe.
The county government noted results from the preliminary lab tests on blood samples collected from the patient are expected to come out between 12 and 24 hours.
“It is important to indicate that the symptoms that have been exhibited by the patient can be indicative of any other medical condition and so there is no confirmed case of Ebola in Kericho at the moment,” the county government clarified.
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World Health Organisation (WHO) had a few days earlier confirmed an outbreak of the deadly disease in Uganda after a five-year-old Congolese boy crossed the border into the country alongside his family members on June 9, 2019.
Uganda’s minister for health Jane Aceng while speaking to journalists regarding the outbreak said the minor was taken to hospital after exhibiting symptoms of the viral infection which include vomiting blood.
The country’s Virus Institute (UVRI) also confirmed the outbreak after conducting a series of lab tests on him.
Back in Kenya, the government put in place various preparedness measures to monitor and prevent possible spread of Ebola in the country following the outbreak in Uganda.
Screening of all incoming passengers from DR Congo, Uganda and other countries using thermo scanners at every entry point including airports has been heightened to strengthen the country’s response capacity.
The health ministry in a statement noted the government and other stakeholders had developed an Ebola Contingency Plan to guide the disease prevention in case of emergency outbreak.
Additionally, a team comprising of medical specialists especially laboratory scientists will work hand in hand with local Ebola experts to carry out tests on suspected cases.
At least 2,000 people had been infected with the virus whereas more than 1,000 others have been reported dead in the DRC, one of the most affected countries, as of June 2019.
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