Kenya tests woman for Ebola, as Congo, Uganda fight outbreak

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"We have taken precautionary measures as a result of the reported case, by placing the three in isolation as the matter is being handled" the paper quotes Dr Shadrack Mutai, the County Executive in charge of Health services, as saying. The index case was a 5-year old boy who fell ill after a visit to Mabalako Health Zone in Democratic Republic of the Congo to attend the burial of his grand-father, a confirmed EVD case, who died in the community on 1st of June 2019.

Those symptoms included the haemorrhagic fever.

Exterior view of the Kericho County Referral Hospital where a suspected Ebola case was reported.

The woman was reportedly being treated for malaria in a small hospital but her condition was worsening.

The female patient in Kenya is in isolation at Kericho County Referral Hospital where staff took precautions to ensure minimal contact, county spokesman Timothy Kimei said in a statement.

Blood samples from the patient have now been sent to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) in Nairobi for further analysis.

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

Monitoring people coming into Kenya ongoing.

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More than 1,400 people have died since the Ebola outbreak started in the Democratic Republic of Congo in August a year ago, and on Thursday the United Nations health agency said that two people had died in Uganda after arriving with the disease from the DRC, Al Jazeera reported.

Ugandan health minister Jane Ruth Aceng said authorities were "well prepared" for the new outbreak and had moved quickly to detect and isolate cases.

Dr Tedros, head of World Health Organization is in Uganda and is expected to meet the President Yoweri Museveni today, for a bilateral on the current Ebola outbreak. It has been vaccinating it's citizens against the virus. He noted that the issue of security is one of the contributing factors to the spread of the Ebola disease.

"Declaring this a PHEIC would have raised the levels of worldwide political support which has been lacking to date, enhanced diplomatic, public health, security and logistic efforts as well as released more financial resources to support the incredibly courageous and committed teams working in North Kivu, DRC", he said.

But the World Health Organization is refusing to declare the outbreak a global threat.

The outbreak is very much active in DRC and became unpredictable.

Marianne Comparet, director of the UK-based International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases, told SciDev.Net that, should the disease spread further, declaring a PHEIC would be "hugely beneficial in galvanising attention and resources as well as coordinating the response to this outbreak".

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