Kenya reassures public after Ebola false alarm

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Kenya's Health Minister Sicily Kariuki Monday announced that a patient isolated at the Kericho County Referral Hospital does not have Ebola.

"The result of the tests carried out by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) laboratories on the blood samples from the 36-year-old lady who is now admitted in the isolation unit at the Kericho County Referral Hospital have been confirmed to be negative for Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) and other Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers", ascertained a statement by Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki.

"The result of the tests carried out by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) laboratories on the blood samples from the 36-year-old lady who is now admitted in the isolation unit at the Kericho County Referral Hospital have been confirmed to be NEGATIVE for Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) and other Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers", said Health CS Sicily Kariuki.

The Tanzanian Minister of Health issued an "alert" on Sunday following the outbreak of Ebola cases this week in Uganda, a country with which Tanzania shares a long border.

The lady was quarantined at the Kericho County Referral Hospital Monday morning after exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms.

If confirmed as Ebola, it would be Kenya's first ever case of the virus and represent a worrying spread of the disease from eastern Congo.

Tension has gripped locals of Kericho following a suspected case of Ebola in the county.

An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed more than 1,400 people.

The World Health Organization (WHO) in Uganda confirmed two samples had tested positive for Ebola.

Speaking on Monday to journalists, the Health Cabinet Secretary urged Kenyans to remain vigilant amid reports of Ebola in neighbouring Uganda.

"This patient has been placed in isolation and blood samples sent to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in Nairobi for further analysis".

Travellers coming in from Uganda queue waiting to be screened for temperatures.

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) most commonly affects people and nonhuman primates such as monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees.

Since the disease was discovered in DRC in 1976, the worst epidemic was recorded between 2014 and 2016 claiming over 11,000 lives in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.

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