Kenya on high alert after suspected Ebola case in Kericho
Four people have been put in isolation in Kericho Referral Hospital as health authorities remain on a red alert over a suspected case of Ebola.
Kericho Governor, Paul Chepkwony says a woman who showed suspected symptoms of the hemorrhagic fever has been quarantined along with her husband and two friends who helped bring her to the facility.
County officials on Monday said the woman had travelled from Malaba, a town in Busia County on the eastern border of Kenya and Uganda, to see her spouse. She was initially admitted at Siloam Hospital before being transferred to Kericho County Referral Hospital.
“A female patient presented at our facility today with complaints of headache, hotness of the body, puffy face, some diarrhoea, and nausea of acute onset,” said Ms Margaret Okirio, the administrator at Siloam Hospital.
On further interrogation, she admitted to having travelled from Malaba where she alleges to reside to see her husband who works in Kericho.”
Ms Okirio said they transferred the patient, acting on Health ministry’s alert on Ebola that requires all medical facilities in Kenya and the public to report any medical cases with symptoms of the fever.
“This patient needed close and further elaborate investigations while under appropriate isolation requirements till diagnosed for targeted treatment to be given,” she said.
“The hospital clinical team also went ahead to consult and seek further guidance from the county surveillance team, who advised to have the patient transferred to the county referral hospital for further management while in isolation”
The hitherto unidentified patient was admitted to Kericho County Referral Hospital on Sunday and was immediately put in isolation.
“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.”
Blood samples from the patient were sent to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) in Nairobi for further analysis.
The current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the worst on record after an epidemic that struck mainly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone between 2014-2016, killing more than 11,300 people.