Ministry of Health Clarifies Suspected Ebola Case in Kakamega

A medical practitioner dressed in protective gear at Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020
A medical practitioner dressed in protective gear at Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020
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Mumias public health officer, Charles Namasake, has clarified that a middle-aged man suspected to have contracted Ebola was given a clean bill of health. 

The medic stated that test results proved that the suspect who had travelled to Uganda did not have the disease despite showing related symptoms. 

Earlier, the middle-aged man was reported to have been isolated at a facility in the Western region county.

Samples taken were ferried to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) for tests. 

Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Headquarters in Nairobi
A photo of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Headquarters in Nairobi.

Reports on the suspected Ebola case had caused concern among Kenyans who were waiting for test results to confirm the case.

The reports emerged days after the government rolled out various safety measures to safeguard the Kenyans from contracting the disease that has been reported in Uganda.

Western region counties were among devolved units that had been put on high alert given their proximity to Uganda.

"Kenya needs to prevent the Ebola virus outbreak from spreading into the country, including stepping up surveillance for detection and preparedness for an appropriate response.

“​​Members of the public are advised to practise regular handwashing, wear face masks, and maintain social distance," Health Director General Patrick Amoth stated.

Further, Kenyans were asked to exercise precaution when visiting Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

"If you come across such a person, notify the nearest health facility or administrative officers like Assistant chiefs or call the following hotline numbers immediately: 0729471414 or 0732353535," the Ministry of Health stated then.

Uganda has so far reported 36 cases of the deadly disease and 23 deaths.

An image of Patrick Amoth
Ministry of Health acting Director-General Dr. Patrick Amoth speaking to the media at Afya House.
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