Kenya has initiated steps to contain a possible Ebola outbreak after World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed positive tests of the deadly disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Reports indicate that at least twenty suspected cases comprising three deaths have been reported in the DRC since April 22.
All three deaths occurred in the Likati health district of Bas-Uele province, which borders the Central African Republic.
Dr. Ernest Dabire, WHO’s health cluster coordinator said on Sunday, health officials were still investigating 17 other suspected cases.
Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is on alert to curb any suspected Ebola case. In its initial measures, the airport management has revived holding rooms to isolate all suspected Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases while awaiting possible transfer to health facilities.
Director of medical services Jackson Kioko said on Tuesday: “We have strengthened screening and surveillance of travelers from and through DRC at all points of entry.”
He assured Kenyans that there was no suspected case of Ebola Virus in the country.
However, Dr Kioko urged citizens to remain vigilant, and report any suspected cases they come across to the nearest health facility without delay for immediate verification and investigation.
Now, all persons with travel history from or through the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to Kenya are required to provide a minimum package of information to guide investigations surrounding the Ebola outbreak.
Basically, they will be needed to provide personal details, exact location of origin or transit, history of contact with potential Ebola virus disease cases, presence of any suggestive signs and symptoms of the disease.
Declaration of contact while in Kenya will also be collected to aid personal risk assessment and daily follow-up for 21 days if they (travelers) will still be residents.
Symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle pain, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and hemorrhaging can begin two to 21 days after exposure.