Panic as woman dies of Ebola-like symptoms at KNH

NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 22 – A 29-year-old woman died of suspected Ebola attack at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi where she had been rushed for emergency treatment on Thursday morning.
Medics at the hospital said the woman was accompanied by three people-her father, a taxi driver and another male- were quarantined soon after she passed away.
“At about 10.20 am, a woman was brought in a taxi and she was accompanied by three people. She was bleeding heavily from parts of her body and she died even before she could be taken out of the car,” Dr Masika Wafula, a Consultant on Infectious diseases told reporters at the hospital. The woman was identified as Galdy’s Muthoni.
Dr Wafula said they had not authoritatively confirmed if she died of Ebola but he warned that the symptoms she displayed before she died are not of a normal disease.
“From her symptoms, this is not a common disease, we are taking all precautions and the necessary tests are being carried out,” he added, declining to confirm it is Ebola.
A team from the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) were conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the death.
“The results will be out in 24 hours. We do not want speculate but we will let you know tomorrow (Friday) what it is,” Dr Wafula said.
The three others who had accompanied the deceased were isolated at the Mbagathi district hospital where they will also undergo tests.
Capital News has learnt that the deceased woman was working at a hotel in downtown Nairobi.
Her sister Racheal told Capital News that she was well until Thursday morning when she complained of sharp pains all over the body and a headache before she started bleeding profusely.
“I can’t believe my sister is dead. She was well until when she was sent to buy groceries for the hotel where she worked,” Rachael said.
A spokesman for the Kenyatta National Hospital Simon Ithai told reporters that a team of medical personnel had been dispatched to the hotel where the woman worked and at her home for further analysis.
Ebola haemorrhagic fever (EHF) is a viral haemorrhagic fever and one of the most virulent viral diseases known to humankind.
There is no known treatment or vaccine for Ebola, which is transmitted through close personal contact.
It kills up to 90 percent of victims.
Its initial symptoms include persistent fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat which is usually followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rashes on the body as well as external bleeding.
In May this year, the Ebola virus killed a 12-year-old girl in Uganda prompting the Health Ministry in Kenya to issue an alert on people living at the border.

  • Greg

    May God protect us all.

    • Guest

      Amen!

  • Harakati

    2012 is coming soon…………….

  • Mazzdark

    No good deed goes unpunished, is the lesson here.

  • Courtesy Mzalendo

    Hey, i was actually there when it happened…………the lady rushed from room No. 6 i think……..she was staff to the hotel….she was moving towards the reception area and i was in between on the way out. She was vomiting chunks of blood continuously……..i called on the receptionist to see what was actually happening coz it was kind of unusual……thought she was vomiting red juice…………………she continued to vomit at a distance of around 10 meters and that was when the eyes started rolling out…..and i recall telling the receptionist that she would not be able to make it…….to me it looked VIRAL…..the blood vomiting continued for around three minutes nonstop…..while we stood helplessly…….

    (had decided i would not go near/touch or get close to her.)….REASON  THOUGHT IT WAS STAGE FOUR HIV/AIDS and TB WAS IN FULL BLOWN STAGE…..-NO GO ZONE………………………….soon she started loosing balance (after almost 3 litres of blood splattered on the floor)…and by this time she was being helped by a male colleague……it was a painful experience for her RIP………after “fear”, “panic”, “how should we”, “what can we do”, suggestions had been through she was taken downstairs……..the cab guy asked for 5k……….to take the lady to hosp……. lol ( little did he know he could be quarantined)i recall someone coming from downstairs saying her esophagus had come out………(couldn’t clarify whether that was it)through one of the hotel room windows i could see 2 two lady police women taking there time controlling the public and organizing the transportation to hospital (can’t blame them………FIRST AID doesn’t cover this area……)the cab was a white sedan….cant recall makeback at the scene…….the bloody scene was a mess, the hotel workers started cleaning with bare hands………………………………… HELL YES……with rags of course…..and moppersi advised gloves…..and not just the usual plastic gloves……because what first came to my mind was TUBERCULOSIS……. EBOLA NOW……………….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WELL AS THEY CLEANED THE AREA WITH JIK…….VIM……..OMO…….WATER…..i was suprized no forensics team had come by……oh sorry!!!!!!!! even the police to follow the path of the crime scene…….by the time i left……….close to eleven……..the area HAD BEEN CLEANED SPARKLING…..AND THERE WAS NO SIGN OF A BLOOD SCENE.BACKGROUNDher colleagues reported that she had been unwell and had resumed work from a one month sick holiday and that she would be coughing with lots of pain… she had been urged to stay home longer to recover from PNEUMONIA she had allegedly been diagonised with a week ago…….. but she opted to work….little did she know ………………………. by the time she came from the staff resting room vomiting she was prepairing to leave for home (definitely by public means) …. she had even asked one of her colleague to warm for her some water to use for medication…….Am checking in myself to KNH for clearence………..this could have been anywhere………

    • Daniella

      Damn!!! So many may have been exposed. Surely the Gov must track everyone down or all hell could break loose….God help us & watch over us.
      Make sure you stay in that hospital come what may until you are certified to be 100% healthy….All will be well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/otieno.mbare Otieno Mbare

    Which hotel was this Mzalendo? You need to tell wananchi the hotel so that they can avoid it until the situation becomes normal.

  • Rugutcleopas

    people should take enough measures to avoid spread but first confirmation from health ministry but no panic

  • Mkuki14

    Its the end of the world!!!

  • R Mwangale

    Mzalendo I think you saw so much… This woman must have undergone so much pain. We just hope that the other hotel staff and anyone who was involved are checked. So unfortunate