Panic as More Ebola Deaths are Confirmed in Eastern Africa Region
KEMRI probing specimen samples in Kenya
The dreaded Ebola virus seems to be spreading in the Great Lakes region. The UN World Health Organisation has today announced that nine further cases of the deadly Ebola virus have been confirmed in the Democractic Republic of Congo, where at least 174 people West Kasai region have died so far in the current outbreak. Symptoms of the epidemic – high temperature, bloody diarrhoea and visible haemorrhaging – were first seen in the region on 27 April. The Tanzanian government has already issued an ebola alert.
Meanwhile in Kenya, the Rift Valley Provincial Medical Officer, Dr John Odondi, has confirmed that samples taken from three people who died of a mysterious disease in Molo area have been forwarded to Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) for analysis to ascertain the cause of death.
The PMO further confirmed that there are no new cases reported of similar symptoms. The two women and a man who died in the last three days in Kuresoi and Sirikwa areas of Rift Valley province in Kenya are said to have complained of severe headaches, fever and coughs. The Government on Wednesday ruled out that the disease could be the deadly Ebola.
KEMRI, a leading research centre in Africa, is recognised by the World Health Organisation as an institution that conducts biomedical research and serves as a centre of excellence for health research in Africa. Around 200 research scientists from all over Africa and other parts of the world work at KEMRI.
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