Tanzania 'in danger' following ebola cases in neighbour Uganda: minister

Tanzania 'in danger' following ebola cases in neighbour Uganda: minister

Tanzania 'in danger' following ebola cases in neighbour Uganda: minister

"This evening a patient presenting symptoms similar to those exhibited by Ebola patients was admitted at the Kericho County Referral Hospital".

Kericho County Health Officer Dr David Ekuwam said blood samples from the patient have been submitted to Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) for further analysis.

The minister began a tour of the frontier regions on Saturday to assess the measures in place at ports and border posts to deal with potential incoming ebola cases.

Tanzania's health minister issued an ebola "alert" Sunday after the disease, which has killed over 1,400 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, appeared in their shared neighbour, Uganda. The preliminary test results are expected to be ready within the next 12 to 24 hours.

According to the county, the symptoms exhibited by the patient can be indicative of any other medical condition and so there is no confirmed case of Ebola at the moment.

The Ebola outbreak which has ravaged the neighbouring DRC for the last one year was Tuesday confirmed in Uganda in the western border district of Kasese. Initial analysis suggests that Uganda is at a much lower risk for outbreak than the neighbouring DRC, where almost 1400 people have died from the disease since April 2018.

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"I would like to alert the public to the existence of a threat of an Ebola epidemic in our country following the outbreak of this disease in Uganda", said Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu.

This includes thorough screening at the Kenya and Uganda borders.

The health ministry in a statement noted the government and other stakeholders had developed an Ebola Contingency Plan to guide the disease prevention in case of emergency outbreak.

The current outbreak in the DRC is the worst on record after an epidemic that struck mainly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone between 2014-2016, killing more than 11,300 people.

The WHO panel, officially known as the International Health Regulations and Emergency Committee, was meeting by teleconference with experts connecting from Geneva and around the globe.

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