The Kenyan Government is on high alert after a suspected case of Ebola in Kericho.
This was after a female patient exhibited suspected symptoms of the haemorrhagic fever, similar to those of Ebola at Kericho County Referral Hospital.
A statement from the County Government signed by Timothy Kemei, the Public Relations Officer, confirms that the patient, who had travelled from Malaba in Western Kenya, fell ill and exhibited symptoms similar to those of Ebola patients.
“The County Disease Surveillance team immediately took over the matter and took all the necessary precautions to ensure that there was minimal contact between the patient and other persons at the hospital including the staff and the other hospital users,” the County Government said in a statement.
“The county Department of Health Services is monitoring this 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.”
The patient has been placed in isolation and blood samples sent to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in Nairobi for further analysis. The preliminary test results are expected to be ready later during the day.
The National Government recently noted through the health ministry that it was tightening security at Kenya’s border with Uganda after reports of Ebola outbreak in the neighbouring country emerged.