A woman with symptoms of Ebola is being treated in an isolation ward in a hospital in the west of Kenya.
The staff took all necessary precautions and made sure “there was minimal contact between the patient and people at the Kericho County Referral Hospital.”
A statement from the Kericho county government said blood samples have been taken 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 emphasising that Ebola-like symptoms can be a feature of several other conditions.
An Ebola outbreak in the DR 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. Health officials in Kericho county say the patient had travelled from Malaba, which is on the border with Uganda.
Meanwhile, the Kenyan government has moved to calm fears that Ebola has spread to the country.
Health CS Sicily Kariuki’s statement on the suspected Ebola case
“The patient does not meet the case definition of Ebola however, precautionary measures have been put in place including isolation of the patient.” pic.twitter.com/cQ2YY2pq2M
— NTV Kenya (@ntvkenya) June 17, 2019
Earlier, it was reported that a woman who had Ebola-like symptoms had been put in isolation at a hospital in the south-west of the country.
Health Minister Sicily Kariuki has said that that was a precautionary measure.