Woman admitted to Kericho hospital has no Ebola, tests show

DRC Ebola patient

Woman admitted to Kericho hospital has no Ebola, tests show

A woman who traveled from Malaba, a town in Busia County, close to the Kenya-Uganda border is reported to be exhibiting suspected symptoms of the disease.

As of June 2019, at least 2,000 people had been infected with the virus and more than 1,000 others reported dead in the DRC, one of the most affected countries.

"This is not a global emergency, it is an emergency in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a severe emergency and it may affect neighbouring counties", Dr. Preben Aavitsland, the panel's acting chair, told a news conference at the United Nations agency's headquarters in Geneva.

The WHO has been widely criticised for holding off on declaring the outbreak a PHEIC and effectively pulling the emergency chord to prompt worldwide action.

Non-vaccinated frontline health and other workers were also being vaccinated.

Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust medical charity and a specialist in infectious diseases, voiced disappointment that the panel had failed to declare an emergency for the third time.

"It was the view of the Committee that there is really nothing to gain by declaring a PHEIC (Public Health Emergency of International Concern), but there is potentially a lot to lose". "With this we are at high risk", he said.

Comparet stressed that she supported the IHR's "rigorous assessment", but said worldwide attention must continue, given the cross-border spread of the outbreak.

Ryan told Reuters on Friday that there had been no sign of local transmission of Ebola virus in Uganda.

Ebola virus disease is a severe illness that is spread through contact with the body fluids such as vomit, blood and faeces of a person sick with the disease.

The outcome of the last epidemic shows the urgency of preventative action. It says the crisis is "very much an emergency" but only in the region.

Tanzania has not had any cases of Ebola to date. "Back then, the world collectively realised the scale of the situation and came together, this time it nearly feels like it's optional".

As of yesterday, a total of 135,395 people in the DRC and neighboring countries had been vaccinated with Merck's vaccine.

The patients who died in Uganda had reportedly visited a relative in the Democratic Republic of Congo who was diagnosed with Ebola.

Health minister Sicily Kariuki told reporters the woman's case does not fit the definition of Ebola as he toured the Nairobi global airport to see how arriving passengers are screened for symptoms of fever.

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

But the World Health Organization is refusing to declare the outbreak a global threat.

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