Reprieve As Suspected Kericho Ebola Case Tests Negative

Grant Boone
June 18, 2019

Ryan told Reuters on Friday that there had been no sign of local transmission of Ebola virus in Uganda.

Public and private health facilities in Bomet County, which neighbours Kericho county where the Kenya case was suspected, have put in place precautionary measures to combat Ebola.

She justified this warning by "the important interactions between the populations of the two countries via official borders or other unofficial channels".

The agency urged Nigerians to "avoid direct handling of dead wild animals, avoid physical contact with anyone who has possible symptoms of an infection with an unknown diagnosis, make sure fruit and vegetables are properly washed and peeled before you eat them".

By last evening, plans were underway to transfer the patients from the isolation award to the general ward after Kemri released the results.

As of yesterday, a total of 135,395 people in the DRC and neighboring countries had been vaccinated with Merck's vaccine.

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As of June 2019, at least 2,000 people had been infected with the virus and more than 1,000 others reported dead in the DRC, one of the most affected countries.

The woman showed some symptoms of Ebola after travelling from Malaba on the Kenya-Uganda border, sparking fears that Congo's current outbreak had spread to Kenya.

"We are also using local radio stations to inform people about preventive measures on the disease".

In a statement, the Kericho County government, confirmed the incident adding that the county's disease surveillance team took over the matter, and put in place necessary precautions to contain the issue. "We have set up an Ebola treatment Isolation Center and also have a mobile Ambulance to respond to any suspected Ebola case", Mr Manase said. "People should not be anxious", he told the press after receiving the results from Kemri yesterday afternoon. Kenyan doctors are testing a hospital patient in western Kenya who has Ebola-like symptoms, as eastern Congo is struggling to control the outbreak and Uganda has reported two deaths from the deadly hemorrhagic fever, though Kenya's health minister downplayed the threat Monday.

Kariuki said the government had taken elaborate measures to ensure the disease does not spread to Kenya. It advised against any travel of border restrictions, which a PHEIC would likely have prompted.

A PHEIC is defined by the IHR as "an extraordinary event which is determined to constitute a public health risk to other states through the worldwide spread of disease and to potentially require a coordinated global response".

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