Published Date: 2012-08-04 14:44:21
Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola hemorrhagic fever - Kenya (02): NOT
Archive Number: 20120804.1228550
EBOLA HEMORRHAGIC FEVER - KENYA (02): NOT
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International Society for Infectious Diseases
Date: Thu 2 Aug 2012
Source: AllAfrica [abbreviated & edited]
Kenya: Siaya Man Negative of Ebola, Fresh Case in Eldoret
A suspected case of Ebola in Siaya district turned out negative on Thursday, providing a sigh of relief for Kenya despite news that another man had recorded similar symptoms, hundreds of kilometers away in Eldoret [Uasin District of Rift Valley Province].
The 30-year-old man was on Thursday admitted to the Eldoret Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital with symptom similar to those of the haemorrhagic fever. According to the hospital acting Director Dr John Kibosia, the patient who travelled from Sudan passed through Uganda before coming to Kenya, has been put in an isolation ward together with 2 of his relatives whom he came in contact with. "He was bleeding and passing stool with blood and this combination is what we think can easily be one of the haemorrhagic fevers," he asserted.
Dr Kibosia told journalists in Eldoret that his blood samples have been sent to the Kenya Medical Research Institute laboratories to ascertain if the man is suffering from the deadly virus. Dr Kibosia added that the hospital had taken precautionary measures to handle Ebola related illnesses.
This is the 2nd case feared in Kenya after a man exhibiting signs of the disease was put in a solitary ward at the Siaya district hospital on Wednesday. However his laboratory tests returned negative.
The disease broke out in Uganda earlier this week killing 16 people. On Monday Kenya declared a high Ebola alert in provinces that border Uganda, after an outbreak of the disease was confirmed in Kampala.
[Byline: Judie Kaberia]
ProMEd-mail Rapporteur Mary Marshall
[But see WHO Uganda update later today; both cases tested negative. -- Mod.JW]
[Siaya District is one of the 12 districts that make up Nyanza Province in the southwest part of Kenya. A map of Siaya District can be accessed at: http://siaya.bondo-itc.org/siaya_map.htm.
Eldoret is a town in western Kenya and the administrative centre of Uasin Gishu District of Rift Valley Province. Eldoret is currently the fastest growing town in Kenya, and currently the 5th largest in Kenya. A map showing the location of Eldoret can be accessed at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eldoret. - Mod.CP.]