EBOLA- SUSPECTED PATIENT TESTS NEGATIVE
A man who had been held at Entebbe Grade B hospital for after being suspected having the deadly Ebola virus has tested negative. This was confirmed by the Ministry of Health Spokesperson Rukia Nakamatte.
The man, who is Sudanese by nationality is a clinical officer and was on Wednesday 6th August 2014, stopped during a screening exercise at the Entebbe International Airport and taken to the isolation wing of the Entebbe-based hospital after showing signs of fever.
The tests were taken from the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in Entebbe and just as it was said, the suspected patient will be left free.
Despite the fact that no cases of the virus have so far been reported from Sudan, health officials in the country are extremely cautious and endeavor to give attention to any suspicious case. Check-points at the Entebbe International Airport just like other parts of the world have also become very strict with all people coming into the country, both citizens and immigrants.
Elsewhere in the World
Following an overwhelming outbreak of the virus in West African States like Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria, where it has claimed over 930 lives and infected more than 1700 people, there has been a lot of anxiety as people try to protect themselves. The condition in West Africa has sparked a state of emergency.
In Greece, a man, an architect by profession, also suspected of being infected with the Ebola virus after recently travelling to Nigeria was tested at the Athens Hospital. Another such case was handled and it turned out to be malaria.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Ebola Virus which has attacked many African countries is a public health emergency and is a risk to other states around the world and has called for International intervention. Uganda due to its experience wit Ebola is among the interventionists and has sent a medical team to West Africa to assist in curbing the crisis.
What is EBOLA?
Ebola virus disease (EVD) is also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) and it is caused by the Ebola Virus. Some of its symptoms include fever, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, sore throat, muscle pain, headache, malfunctioning of some organs like the liver and kidney, bleeding from different body openings, among others. The disease is extremely contagious and also kills patient at a very fast rate.
Individuals are therefore advised to take all necessary precautions and report suspicious cases to the nearest medical facility.
By Nabumati Enid