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Kenya issues alert on Ebola

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 14, 2019
Sicily Kariuki
Medicine   Sicily Kariuki

Kenya issued a health alert notice following an Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the neighboring Uganda.

Sicily Kariuki, cabinet secretary for health, said that Kenya has put all its personnel on high alert ready to tackle any outbreak of the disease.

"It is true that Ebola case has been reported in Kasese, western Uganda and we have enhanced our surveillance in readiness for the eventuality," Kariuki told journalists.

She noted that the ministry's multi-agency Ebola preparedness and response committee is coordinating preparedness and response measures in the event of an outbreak.

"We have established response teams comprising of medical specialists in disease control and laboratory scientists who are trained in investigations and testing for EVD.

The official disclosed that the government has started screening all incoming visitors from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Uganda and other neighboring countries using automated thermo-scanners and hand held thermo guns at major airport and other port of entry.

Kenya is reacting following an EVD reported case in Uganda where a five-year-old child is isolated after he reportedly traveled from DRC with his mother and arrived in Uganda on Monday this week.

Between 2014 and 2016, Kenyans experts responded to EVD outbreak in West Africa where they participated in the management of cases in the region.

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