CS Kariuki announces results of patient tested for Ebola

The results are in

Health CS Sicily Kariuki

Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki has confirmed that the female patient at the Kericho Referral Hospital did not test positive to Ebola-related symptoms & illness.

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

"The Rapid Surveillance and Response Team has examined the patient at Kericho who had travelled from Malaba town on the Kenya-Uganda Border who is in stable condition and confirms that she DOES NOT meet the case definition for Ebola," the Ministry posted on twitter.

According to the Health ministry, precautionary measures have been put in place including isolation of the patient and submission of blood samples to Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) for testing.

Blood results

"The patient does not meet the case definition of Ebola however, precautionary measures have been put in place including isolation of the patient," CS Kariuki stated.

"Allow me to confirm to Kenyans that the patient does not meet the case defination of ebola," she said adding that the blood sample results from KEMRI will be submitted at 4pm.

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

The virus spreads through direct contact maybe through broken skin or mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, or mouth.

Symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 21 days after contact with the virus, with an average of eight to 10 days.

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