Uganda grapples with rumors amid efforts to contain Ebola outbreak

Kenny Tucker
June 18, 2019

"The results of tests carried out by the Kenya Medical Research Institute laboratories on the 36-year-old lady now admitted in the isolation unit of the Kericho County Referral hospital have been confirmed to be negative for the Ebola virus disease and other hemorrhagic fevers", Kariuki said in a statement.

Tedros Adhanom, is in Uganda to assess the country's response to the current Ebola outbreak in the Western district of Kasese.

Kenya's Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki speaks to journalist following the Ebola threat.

A section of Kenyans on social media have come out to express their fear over the suspected case of Ebola reported in Kericho county. If confirmed as Ebola, it would be Kenya's first ever case of the virus and represent a worrying spread of the disease from eastern Congo.

"Precautionary measures have, however, been put in place including isolation of the patient and submission of blood samples. for testing", she said.

The woman admitted to Kericho hospital was said to have travelled from Malaba border on Sunday and taken to the facility after she complained of a headache, body fever, diarrhea and nausea, symptoms associated with Ebola.

One of two suspect cases in the isolation unit has tested negative and has been discharged and results for the other are pending.

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. "The result of the same are expected by 4 p.m. this evening (Kenya time)".

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Kenya is on a red alert over Ebola after the disease spread to neighbouring Uganda from Democratic Republic of Congo where it has killed more than 1,400 people.

This all is good news not only for tourism but for the people of Uganda.

An expert committee of the World Health Organization on Friday said Congo's Ebola outbreak is an "extraordinary event" of deep concern but does not yet merit being declared a global emergency.

President Museveni said after meeting with World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Entebbe on Monday that the situation had been contained.

"From our side, I would like to pledge that we will continue mobilising global and regional support to control this outbreak as soon as possible".

Worldwide public health experts have consistently urged the World Health Organization to declare an Ebola emergency in the Congo.

Uganda's minister for health Jane Aceng while addressing journalists regarding the outbreak said the minor was taken to hospital after exhibiting symptoms of the viral infection which include vomiting blood.

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