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Kenya’s efforts against Ebola

18 Aug

Kenya has added its name to the list of countries that has banned travellers from parts  of Ebola hit west Africa. Kenya health Minister James Macharia said the country has closed its borders travellers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone which are the countries worst affected by ebola. This is in response to Kenya being flagged as a high risk zone because it is a major transport hub. Ebola is a viral illness of which the initial symptoms can include sudden fever, intense weaknesses, muscle pain and a sore throat then subsequently it goes to vomiting, diarrhoea and in some cases internal and external bleeding. It spreads between humans by direct contact with infected blood, bodily fluids and indirectly through contact with contaminated environments. The disease is deadly and so far over 1100 deaths have been recorded in the 2014 outbreak making it the worst in history. In Guinea the number of cases of Ebola is 510 of which there are 377 deaths, in Sierra Leone there are 783 cases of which 334 deaths have been recorded. In Liberia there are 670 cases with 355 deaths and lately Nigeria with has 12 cases and 3 deaths.ebola There is no known cure and effective containment of the illness is identification , isolation and quarantine of the suspected victim.

The World Health Organisation has urged governments not to impose blanket bans on trade and travel on Ebola affected countries but the plea seems to have fallen on deaf ears as Kenya Airways has also suspended flights to Freetown and Monrovia. The government and health officials have been on high alert and have so far test four suspected cases of Ebola coming through the nation’s borders. A Liberian national, two Nigerians and a Zimbabwean have all tested negative for the deadly virus. The health minister has also announced that all Kenyans who have returned from these 3 west African states will be subject to strict checks and will be quarantined if necessary and this is all in the interest of public health.



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