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Kenya: Press Release on Ebola Outbreak (EVD) Reported in Mubende District – Uganda

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  The Ministry of Health has received an alert from the Ugandan Ministry of Health about the Ebola outbreak in the country This alert is in line with the East African Community Health protocols and further promotes good neighborliness I take this opportunity to thank the Government of Uganda very sincerely and assure them of our warmest regards as they move forward to contain the outbreak According to the report of the Ugandan authorities the outbreak was detected in Ngabano village in Madudu sub county Mubende district in central Uganda Only one fatal case has been reported so far a 24 year old man who died on September 19 2022 The victim 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 Uganda has reported Ebola incidents in the past largely influenced by frequent outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo The two countries share a long common border that is mostly porous It is important to note that there is substantial human trafficking between Uganda and Kenya for trade and other socio economic activities The main mode of transport is by road air and water via Lake Victoria Some of the formal land crossings include border points like Busia Malaba Lwakhakha Suam and air travel via Jomo Kenyatta International Airport J KIA Kisumu International Airport Moi International Airport and Eldoret International Airport In addition there are numerous informal land and sea border points All of this puts Kenya at high risk of disease importation and therefore members of the public need to be vigilant and report any suspected cases 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 Ebola can have a serious socioeconomic impact as demonstrated in the 2014 2016 outbreak in West Africa It is estimated that the three most affected countries Guinea Liberia and Sierra Leone lost more than 4 3 billion dollars In light of this information the government has issued an alert to all counties to Be vigilant and enhance surveillance especially at the border Activate rapid response teams to support the identification of any suspected cases and make prompt reports Detection of people at risk population including travellers truck drivers bushmeat handlers and health workers Raise awareness in the community to identify suspected cases Raise awareness among health workers about Infection Prevention and Control IPC measures case management and specimen management Mobilize all stakeholders to initiate prevention preparedness and response measures and the development of county EYO contingency plans As the Ministry takes these steps and while we do not want people to panic I am calling on members of the public to take extra precautions while visiting Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo The general public is also advised to be wary of anyone with an acute onset of feyer and any of the following signs especially if they have been in contact with people with a history of travel from Uganda and or the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the previous three weeks Vomiting Diarrhea Abdominal pain Headache Sore throat Measles like rash Red eyes Bleeding from body openings If you come across such a person notify the nearest health center or administrative officials such as deputy chiefs or immediately call the following hotline numbers 0729 47 14 14 or 0732 35 35 35 The Ministry of Health is committed to limiting threats to public health and will remain vigilant to ensure that Kenyans are well informed and protected against such threats including infectious diseases and that citizens continue to receive quality health services
Kenya: Press Release on Ebola Outbreak (EVD) Reported in Mubende District – Uganda

1 The Ministry of Health has received an alert from the Ugandan Ministry of Health about the Ebola outbreak in the country.

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2 This alert is in line with the East African Community Health protocols and further promotes good neighborliness.

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3 I take this opportunity to thank the Government of Uganda very sincerely and assure them of our warmest regards as they move forward to contain the outbreak.

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4 According to the report of the Ugandan authorities.

5 the outbreak was detected in Ngabano village in Madudu sub-county, Mubende district in central Uganda.

6 Only one fatal case has been reported so far, a 24-year-old man who died on September 19, 2022.

7 The victim had been treated for other symptoms before developing Ebola-like symptoms and signs.

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

9 Six previous suspicious deaths are currently under investigation.

10 Uganda has reported Ebola incidents in the past, largely influenced by frequent outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

11 The two countries share a long common border that is mostly porous.

12 It is important to note that there is substantial human trafficking between Uganda and Kenya for trade and other socio-economic activities.

13 The main mode of transport is by road, air and water (via Lake Victoria).

14 Some of the formal land crossings include border points like; Busia, Malaba, Lwakhakha, Suam and air travel via Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (J KIA), Kisumu International Airport, Moi International Airport and Eldoret International Airport.

15 In addition, there are numerous informal land and sea border points.

16 All of this puts Kenya at high risk of disease importation and therefore members of the public need to be vigilant and report any suspected cases.

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

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

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

20 Ebola can have a serious socioeconomic impact, as demonstrated in the 2014/2016 outbreak in West Africa.

21 It is estimated that the three most affected countries (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) lost more than 4.3 billion dollars.

22 In light of this information, the government has issued an alert to all counties to: • Be vigilant and enhance surveillance, especially at the border, • Activate rapid response teams to support the identification of any suspected cases and make prompt reports • Detection of people at risk population including travellers, truck drivers, bushmeat handlers and health workers • Raise awareness in the community to identify suspected cases • Raise awareness among health workers about Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) measures , case management, and specimen management • Mobilize all stakeholders to initiate prevention, preparedness, and response measures and the development of county EYO contingency plans.

23 As the Ministry takes these steps, and while we do not want people to panic, I am calling on members of the public to take extra precautions while visiting Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

24 The general public is also advised to be wary of anyone with an acute onset of feyer and any of the following signs, especially if they have been in contact with people with a history of travel from Uganda and/or the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the previous three weeks; • Vomiting • Diarrhea • Abdominal pain • Headache • Sore throat • Measles-like rash • Red eyes • Bleeding from body openings.

25 If you come across such a person, notify the nearest health center or administrative officials, such as deputy chiefs, or immediately call the following hotline numbers: 0729 47 14 14 or 0732 35 35 35.

26 The Ministry of Health is committed to limiting threats to public health and will remain vigilant to ensure that Kenyans are well informed and protected against such threats, including infectious diseases, and that citizens continue to receive quality health services.

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