Inside Lusaka’s fight against Ebola

As Ebola infections surge in the neighboring Uganda, Kenya is on high alert due to the proximity of the two nations.

The Ministry of Health has listed 24 counties as being at risk, among them Kakamega and Bungoma counties.

The viral disease was first discovered in 1976 along River Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, then Zaire.

Its symptoms include a sudden fever, intense weakness, muscle pain and a sore throat.

Earlier on Friday, a suspected Ebola case was reported in Kakamega, raising alarm across Western Region.

Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka responded by putting in stringent measures to curb the spread.

“I have directed the county disease surveillance teams to be on high alert and encourage members of public report any suspicious case to the nearest health authority,” he said.

Further, the governor says anyone entering Kenya through Lwakhakha border will be screened for the disease.

Because of the novelty of the disease, there is little information concerning symptoms, spread and prevention.

However, Lusaka has directed health officials “to start an awareness/health education on the ebola, signs and symptoms and how it is transmitted.”

The county boss has as well set up an ebola response team at the Lwakhakha border point.

Uganda has been adversely hit by the deadly disease, with 31 infections and about 20 fatalities reported.

Some schools have resorted to a shutdown, although authorities have turned down a lockdown.

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