Trans Nzoia health officials issue alert over Marburg virus

Written By: Lynace Mwashighadi/Rose Welimo


Health officials from Trans Nzoia County have issued an alert over a possible outbreak of Marburg virus disease in the region.

The caution comes following a suspected case of the deadly virus with samples already sent to KEMRI for further analysis.

All entries along the porous Kenyan – Uganda border have been put on high alert following a suspected case of Marburg virus in the county.

According to health officials, a Ugandan citizen with suspected Marburg fever had visited a herbalist, at Bwayi Village of Kaisagat location in Kwanza constituency to seek medication.

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Despite no casualty being reported, Health officials in the county are taking precautionary measures by intensifying screening people who are suspected to have come in contact with the suspected case to minimize the spread of the disease.

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Kenya has not experienced any such case of the Virus previously though three cases of suspected Marburg fever were recorded around Mt. Elgon Region around 1980. Samples of the suspected disease have been taken to KEMRI for further analysis.

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Meanwhile, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Comoros Mozambique, and Mauritius are among countries that have received heightened alert following a deadly outbreak of airborne plague reported in Madagascar.

According to Health officials in Madagascar who are trying desperately to contain the deadly outbreak, more than 1,300 cases have now been reported.

The plague which has prompted warnings in nine countries indicates that is caused by the same bacteria that wiped out at least 50 million people in Europe in the 14th century.

Symptoms may include:

  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Diarrhea (may be bloody)
  • Red eyes.
  • Raised rash.
  • Chest pain and cough.
  • Sore throat.
  • Stomach pain.
  • Severe weight loss.
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Like Ebola and many other viral diseases, there is no specific treatment for Marburg virus disease. Patients are given supportive hospital care by maintaining their fluid and electrolyte balance and other considerations, such as replacing lost blood and maintaining a good oxygen supply.

This supportive care is most effectively done in an intensive-care hospital unit. There are no home remedies to treat Marburg virus infections.




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