A young man suspected to be Ebola victim (being detained in a Kakamega hospital) has tested negative, health officials have confirmed.
The person had caused speculations over the possibility of the dreaded virus have got its way to the country. The young had traveled to Eastern Uganda on 15th. September, is said to have shown symptoms of a person who is Ebola positive.
Major symptoms of Ebola, according to medical experts, include fever, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, headache, sore throat, abdominal pains, weakness and fatigue. However, from the samples taken from the suspected patient, there was oy one symptom that was evident: the blood that was percolating from openings in his body parts.
Other than that one, no other sign was manifested, which have suggested that he had contracted the virus on his trip to Uganda.
Speaking in Kakamega county general hospital, health officers expressed confidence that there was no cause for fear, since the patient was in a stable condition.
“We would like to inform the public that the laboratory tests for samples taken from the patient have since turned out to be negative and therefore there is no cause for alarm,” said acting director general, Ministry of Health, Patrick Amoth.
The director general further explained that the symptoms did not reflect that the man was positive for Ebola. Dr Amoth requested the public to be on the lookout, especially those who interact more often with their neighboring counties of Bungoma, Kakamega and Busia.
“We would like to appeal to members of the public to continue being vigilant and also stay safe by strictly observing hygiene measures that would protect them against this deadly disease.”
Uganda has been on the receiving end anytime there is a spread of the disease from her neighboring Rwanda. So far, 36 people have died in Uganda over virus disease.