Kenyan health authorities are investigating a possible Ebola case in Kakamega County.
Kenyan health authorities are investigating a possible Ebola infection in Kakamega County, western Kenya.
According to authorities, the patient had lately visited relatives in eastern Uganda.
Mumias West Disease Surveillance Coordinator Boaz Gichana said in a statement issued on Friday that the patient is now being treated at St Mary Hospital’s isolation unit while laboratory tests are being conducted.
Following an epidemic in the neighboring nation, the Kenyan authorities issued an Ebola warning and requested that passengers be screened at entrance points along the border with Uganda.
South Sudan and Tanzania have also increased monitoring, particularly at their borders with Uganda, while Rwanda has started screening passengers at the frontiers to avoid the spread of Ebola across borders.
Kenya placed border health authorities on high alert last month after the World Health Organization (WHO) announced an Ebola investigation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
DRC then declared an Ebola epidemic, which was declared over this week after no new cases of the illness were detected for 42 days.
Uganda is now dealing with an increase in Ebola cases and fatalities caused by the Sudan strain. There is presently no vaccination for this strain, and health experts have asked citizens to take precautions to avoid infection and transmission of the virus.
Previous outbreaks and reactions have demonstrated that early identification and treatment, as well as optimized supportive care with fluid and electrolyte replacement and symptom therapy, greatly enhance Ebola Virus Disease survival rates.
Close contact with the blood, secretions, organs, or other body fluids of infected animals such as fruit bats, chimps, gorillas, monkeys, forest antelope, or porcupines discovered unwell or dead or in the rainforest generally introduces the illness into the human population.
It is spread from person to person by bodily fluid contact.