Trans Nzoia On High Alert After Uganda Ebola Outbreak

Trans Nzoia Governor George Natembeya addresses Journalists on measures put in place to contain the spread of the Ebola Virus that has broken out in the neighbouring Uganda. Photo/Courtesy

The county government of Trans Nzoia has set up measures to contain the spread of the Ebola Virus following an outbreak in neighbouring Uganda, which has claimed one and seen several infections reported.

Area Governor George Natembeya said plans are underway to set up a screening center at the Suam border point to contain the spread of the disease that spreads by contact with an infected patient’s blood or bodily fluids.

“We are informing our people who normally cross over to Uganda for businesses or to link up with their families to reduce the visits until the infections go down,” Governor Natembeya spoke in a press conference in Kitale.

The devolved has also designated the Kaisagat Health Center as an isolation and treatment center where any patient who might present the symptoms of the virus would be placed under medication.

“We are rallying our people to exercise caution by observing high-level hygiene and ensuring that they raise the alarm whenever they experience signs and symptoms of the disease,” said the Governor.

Ebola is a rare but deadly virus that causes fever, body aches, diarrhea, and sometimes bleeding inside and outside the body.

As the virus spreads through the body, it damages the immune system and organs. Ultimately, it causes levels of blood-clotting cells to drop. This leads to severe, uncontrollable bleeding.

The disease was known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever but is now referred to as the Ebola virus.

It kills up to 90% of people who are infected.

Uganda’s Ministry of Health on Thursday reported six new cases of Ebola, raising the total number of confirmed cases to seven.

On Tuesday, the country confirmed the first fatality from the disease after a 24-year-old man died in Mubende District, central Uganda, and was confirmed to have been infected with the virus.