Patient with ‘Ebola-like symptoms’ admitted at Kericho County hospital

Written By: Rose Welimo/BBC
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A woman with symptoms “similar to those exhibited by Ebola patients” is being treated in an isolation ward at the Kericho County Referral hospital after being admitted on Sunday evening.

A press statement issued by the County government of Kericho indicates that the County Disease Surveillance Team staff has taken all necessary precautions and made sure that “there was minimal contact between the patient and other persons” at the Hospital including the staff and other hospital users.

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The statement adds that blood samples have been sent to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in Nairobi for further analysis and results are expected within the next 24 hours.

The authorities have been swift in reassuring the public that all steps are being taken to ensure their safety and they emphasise that Ebola-like symptoms can be a feature of several other conditions.

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“The County Department of Health Services is monitoring the potential case very closely and is working with the national government to ensure that all essential procedures are followed to protect public health and safety.”

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An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed more than 1,400 people. Two people died of the disease in Uganda last week, which neighbours both DR Congo and Kenya.

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Health officials in Kericho county say the patient had traveled from Malaba, which is on the border with Uganda.

There have not been any reported cases near Malaba, close to eastern Uganda. The outbreak in Uganda has been in the west of the country.

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