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  The Ministry of Health has issued an alert to all counties in the country following the Ebola outbreak reported in neighboring Uganda According to Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe the move follows an alert sent by the Ugandan government to Kenya in accordance with East African community health protocols about the outbreak that was detected in the village of Ngabano in the Madudu sub county in central Uganda According to Kagwe the victim a 24 year old man who died on September 19 2022 had been treated for other symptoms before developing Ebola like symptoms and signs Health officials in Uganda are currently conducting contact tracing to identify any close contacts of the deceased Six previous suspicious deaths are currently under investigation added Kagwe As part of the interventions implemented by the Kenyan government all county administrations have been urged to remain vigilant and enhance surveillance especially at the border activate rapid response teams to support the identification of any suspected cases and conduct rapid reports detect populations at risk including travellers truckers bushmeat handlers and health workers as well as raising community awareness to identify suspected cases They have also been urged to sensitize health workers on infections prevention and control measures case management and sample management and to mobilize relevant stakeholders to initiate prevention preparedness and response measures While urging caution the Ministry of Health has advised the public to take extra precautions when visiting Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo The general public is also advised to be cautious of anyone presenting with an acute onset of fever especially if they have been in contact with individuals with a history of travel from Uganda and or the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the previous three weeks Other signs to watch out for are vomiting diarrhea abdominal pain headache sore throat measles like rash red eyes and bleeding from body openings For such cases the general public is advised to notify the nearest health center or administrative officials such as deputy chiefs or call the hotline numbers 0729 47 14 14 or 0732 35 35 35 immediately Ebola virus disease EVD is a serious and often fatal illness in humans caused by the Ebola virus The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through person to person transmission Based on previous outbreaks up to 67 of infected cases die
Kenya issues alert after Ebola case reported in neighboring Uganda

1 The Ministry of Health has issued an alert to all counties in the country following the Ebola outbreak reported in neighboring Uganda.

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2 According to Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe, the move follows an alert sent by the Ugandan government to Kenya in accordance with East African community health protocols about the outbreak that was detected in the village of Ngabano in the Madudu sub-county in central Uganda.

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3 According to Kagwe, the victim, a 24-year-old man who died on September 19, 2022, had been treated for other symptoms before developing Ebola-like symptoms and signs.

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4 “Health officials in Uganda are currently conducting contact tracing to identify any close contacts of the deceased.

5 Six previous suspicious deaths are currently under investigation,” added Kagwe.

6 As part of the interventions implemented by the Kenyan government, all county administrations have been urged to remain vigilant and enhance surveillance, especially at the border, activate rapid response teams to support the identification of any suspected cases and conduct rapid reports, detect populations at risk.

7 including travellers, truckers, bushmeat handlers and health workers, as well as raising community awareness to identify suspected cases.

8 They have also been urged to sensitize health workers on infections, prevention and control measures, case management and sample management and to mobilize relevant stakeholders to initiate prevention, preparedness and response measures.

9 While urging caution, the Ministry of Health has advised the public to take extra precautions when visiting Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

10 The general public is also advised to be cautious of anyone presenting with an acute onset of fever, especially if they have been in contact with individuals with a history of travel from Uganda and/or the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the previous three weeks.

11 Other signs to watch out for are vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, headache, sore throat, measles like rash, red eyes, and bleeding from body openings.

12 For such cases, the general public is advised to notify the nearest health center or administrative officials, such as deputy chiefs, or call the hotline numbers 0729 47 14 14 or 0732 35 35 35 immediately.

13 Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a serious and often fatal illness in humans caused by the Ebola virus.

14 The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through person-to-person transmission.

15 Based on previous outbreaks, up to 67% of infected cases die.

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