Kakamega suspected case of Ebola tests negative
A suspected case of Ebola Virus disease has turned out negative according to the Mumias Public Health Officer Charles Namasake.
The test was ordered following a patient who presented himself at St. Marys Hospital Mumias, with symptoms linked to the fatal disease.
According to a communique from the office of County Chief Health Officer, Gideon Ashibo, 32 years, had presented Ebola-like symptoms including malaise-general body weakness, stitched wound at the right upper limb that was actively bleeding, and blood in the urine.
Ashibo travelled to Uganda on September 15, to visit relatives when he experienced trauma on a cut on his upper limb. He sort medical attention at a health facility in Eastern Uganda.
On September 28, he started experiencing blood in the urine and proceeded to St Mary’s Hospital in Mumias, for further treatment.
World Health Organisation, indicates the Ebola Virus takes up to 21 days to incubate.
The Ministry of Health announced this week, that the porous Kenya-Uganda will remain open both on land and air. The ministry however placed 20 counties on high alert following the latest Ebola outbreak.
As of Thursday, the caseload in Uganda stood at 24 with five confirmed deaths. Some 19 people classified as probable cases had also died, he added, explaining that they were buried before they could be tested for infection.
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