Uganda Quarantines Nigerian Over Ebola Scare

A Nigerian female passenger was
reportedly put in an isolation unit at the
Entebbe International Airport in Uganda
after showing the deadly Ebola-like
symptoms.
This was disclosed by a spokesperson of the
Ugandan Ministry of Health, Rukia
Nakamatte, while speaking with the Xinhua
by telephone on Monday, 18 August, 2014.
According to Nakamatte, samples had been
taken from the female passenger who
travelled from Nigeria to Uganda for testing
at Uganda Virus Research Institute, Entebbe,
40 kilometres south of the capital Kampala.
“The passenger was stopped as she arrived
at the airport. She was showing signs of
fever like Ebola. We are waiting for the test
results from the research institute for
confirmation,” said Nakamatte.
“We have put all the necessary precautions
to handle all the suspected cases and any
confirmations,” she added.
It was gathered that it was the second
passenger to be put in isolation unit and
tested for Ebola in the East Africa country
following the current outbreak sweeping in
Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Liberia.
Latest report by the World Health
Organisation, WHO, revealed that the deadly
Ebola virus has killed at least 1,225 people
and infected hundreds since it’s outbreak in
the four West African countries.
It would be recalled that Uganda’s
neigbouring country, Kenya on Saturday
banned travellers from the Ebola-hit West
African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone
and Liberia.
According to reports, Uganda’s Ministry of
Health officials are still considering
measures to be taken to prevent the spread
of the disease to the country by travellers
from the infected West African countries.
Uganda has suffered Ebola outbreaks in the
past, similar viral hemorrhagic fevers like
Mar bug, Crimean Congo and Yellow Fever.
But Ebola is a highly infectious disease
spread through body contact with an
infected person.
It presents with high fever, bleeding,
diarrhea and red eyes among other
symptoms. Ugandan government has
intensified screening of travellers coming
into the country through Entebbe Airport
and other border posts to make sure they
are safe from Ebola.
In Nigeria alone, the dreaded disease is
reported to have killed no fewer than four
people while more than 10 persons are said
to have contracted the virus since a Liberian
businessman, Patrick Sawyer imported the
disease to the country.
Mr Sawyer later died from the disease in a
Lagos hospital.
The Nigerian government had few days ago
declared a state of emergency over the
outbreak of the Ebola virus, saying more
than hundred of people are still being
monitired to ascertain if they would show
symptoms of the Ebola virus.

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