Kenya Investigates Patient with Ebola Symptoms

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Health staff at the Kericho County Referral Hospital in surgical masks after a woman was admitted to the facility with Ebola-like symptoms.

He commended Uganda for always being prepared to contain Ebola outbreak whenever it crosses from the DRC.

In a statement released on Sunday night, Uganda's Minister of Health Jane Ruth Aceng said such rumors that the disease has broken out in different parts of the country are false.

On Monday County officials revealed that the said woman travelled to the Kenya and Uganda border to see her spouse.

As at 12th June 2019, the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) has confirmed three (03) cases of EVD and one (01) death recorded.

She is now in an isolation ward at Kericho County Referral Hospital.

They were the woman's husband and two others who had assisted him to take her to hospital.

The woman had returned from Malabo, a town close to the Ugandan border.

Kariuki had earlier in the day conducted an inspection tour at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to ascertain the facility's preparedness to screen arriving passengers.

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"Our team of national first responders are on standby and ready for deployment within 24 hours when the need arises".

"It is important to note 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's head of communication Timothy Kemei said.

The Ebola crisis that has raged for 10 months in the Democratic Republic of Congo and spread last week to Uganda is not a "public health emergency of worldwide concern" (PHEIC), the World Health Organization's advisory committee has declared, in a decision that baffled some critics.

The patients who died in Uganda had reportedly visited a relative in the Democratic Republic of Congo who was diagnosed with Ebola.

The spread of Ebola in eastern Congo has been "very unpredictable, with up and down trends", he said.

The Ebola alert in eastern Africa follows a finding by the World Health Organisation (WHO) last week that the outbreak in DRC, while not warranting declaration of an global health emergency, was grave enough to pose risks in neighbouring countries. The family had been crossing the border between the two countries to attend the funeral of the boys' grandfather, who died from Ebola in Mabalako.

"It was the view of the committee that the outbreak is a health emergency in DRC and the region, but does not meet the criteria for a public health emergency of worldwide concern", the United Nations health agency's expert committee said in a statement.

Only four emergencies have been declared in the past decade, including the worst ever Ebola outbreak, which hit West Africa in 2014-2016.

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