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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,17TH MAY 2017- Government has issued an Ebola alert after an outbreak of the viral disease was reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The Ministry of Health through a statement Wednesday says that holding rooms at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and other border points have been reactivated to isolate suspected cases.
“On 9th May, the World Health Organisation was informed of a cluster of undiagnosed illness and deaths including hemorrhagic symptoms in Likati Health zone, Bas Uele Province in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo, bordering the Central African Republic,” he indicated.
He stated that high risk cases will be identified while awaiting possible transfer to isolation facilities after thorough assessment.
“The outbreak was declared by the WHO following one positive test for Ebola virus in a specialised laboratory in the capital Kinshasa while additional laboratory samples are currently being tested,” he said.
He revealed that since April 12, nine suspected cases including three deaths have been reported. Six people are currently hospitalized.
“The following measures have been taken. Strengthened screening and surveillance of travellers with elevated body temperatures and asymptomatic symptoms with history of travel from and /or through DRC,” he explained.
Kioko said this will include and is not limited to personal details, location of origin, history of contact with potential Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), presence of any suggestive signs and symptoms of EVD, and contact details while in the country.
He further said the information will be collected to aid personal risk assessment and daily follow-ups for 21 days if they will still be residents.