Young Liberian Pupil In Kenya With Ebola-Like Symptoms Hospitalized in Nakuru

By Mercy Kahend/Kenya Standard Daily:

A 10 year-old Liberian pupil a student at Greensteds International school in Nakuru, Kenya is suspected of having the deadly Ebola virus.

Nakuru County chief officer for health Samuel Mwaura said the student who is from Liberia and the nurse who first attended to him have been quarantined at the Nakuru Provincial General Hospital pending a test to confirm whether his symptoms are Ebola or not.

This comes after the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention warned earlier on Wednesday said that Kenya is among countries that could be hit by the Ebola virus.

CDC warned countries that are yet to record any cases of the virus to be more vigilante stating that the risk at which Ebola is spreading in West Africa continues to raise fears that it could hit the most at risk nations.

The World Health Organization that the death toll in West Africa from Ebola has hit 1,900.

According to the nursing officer in charge at the hospital Alphaxard Kemboi, said Joshua Saka was referred to Rift valley provincial general hospital from Valley Hospital where he had been taken from Greensteds International School.

Kemboi said the minor had a headache, fever and vomiting when he sought medication at the school’s dispensary prompting the school nurse to refer him to Valley hospital. The nurse allegedly said the minor and her mother had tried to enter Kenya through JKIA but were denied entry at the airport nine days ago.

It is then that they headed to Burundi and managed to fly into the country on Monday. Kemboi said samples from the minor have been taken to Kenya Medical Research Institute for testing and are expecting results on Thursday.

The minor and the school nurse have been quarantined at the hospital’s eye unit with response team from the hospital on standby. There has been no case of Ebola in the country but the government last month banned entry of passengers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

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