The World Health Organization (WHO) was informed of a cluster of undiagnosed illness and deaths including haemorrhagic symptoms in Likati Health Zone, Bas Uele Province in the north of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), bordering Central African Republic. The Outbreak was declared by WHO on May 12, following one positive test for Ebola virus in a specialised laboratory in the capital, Kinshasa while additional laboratory samples are currently being tested.
Since 22 April, nine suspected cases including three deaths have been reported. Six cases are currently hospitalized. Further investigation of the outbreak is ongoing.
While the Ministry is fully aware of the seriousness of Ebola Virus disease and the risk of importation of the virus to Kenya, we wish to assure the public that the outbreak has occurred in a remote zone in DRC and with timely effective responses having been mounted, the disease is unlikely to spread widely in the region,” said Ministry of Health Director of Medical Services, Dr Jackson Kioko.
“The Ministry of health had put in place strategic measures in place following the outbreak of Ebola Virus in West Africa in 2015/2016,” he added.
The Ministry has for instance, released an alert to health workers countrywide regarding the outbreak events in DRC and therefore need to have a high index of suspicion.
The government body has reactivated the Rapid Response teams for enhanced surveillance and follow up of travelers with elevated body temperatures and asymptomatic cases with history of travel from/through DRC
The Health Ministry has also strengthened screening and surveillance of travellers from/through DRC at all points of entry: All persons with travel history from and /or through DRC, especially in affected area will be required to provide minimum package of information to guide investigations.