9 Kenyans from Liberia test negative for Ebola

October 29, 2014 10:12 am
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Some of them were working with NGOs in Liberia which has recorded over 2,500 deaths, half the number of the fatalities recorded in West Africa/AFP-File
Some of them were working with NGOs in Liberia which has recorded over 2,500 deaths, half the number of the fatalities recorded in West Africa/AFP-File
NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 29 – Blood samples taken from nine Kenyans who jetted back to Kenya from Liberia on Tuesday night have tested negative for Ebola.

Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said the samples also tested negative for the Marburg virus.

The Kenyans were quarantined upon arrival from Liberia where they were stranded since the deadly viral disease broke out.

The group was tested and quarantined but are now free to be re-united with their families and friends after they were declared free of Ebola.

Some of them were working with NGOs in Liberia which has recorded over 2,500 deaths, half the number of the fatalities recorded in West Africa.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon who chaired a crisis meeting in Ethiopia on Tuesday warned that the spread of the virus continues to outpace the response.

More than 5,000 people have died of Ebola in West African countries, with Liberia being the worst hit nation so far.

Kenya is yet to resume flights to West Africa since the Ebola outbreak.

President Uhuru Kenyatta last Friday assured tourists that Kenya is free of Ebola and is capable of controlling the disease in the unfortunate event of a breakout.

All suspected cases of Ebola in Kenya have so far tested negative.

Health officials in Kenya have assured that the country is safe and that necessary measures have been put in place to screen, quarantine and handle suspected cases.

Kenyans are also being educated through advertisements on symptoms of Ebola and how to prevent it.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the Ebola virus an international public health emergency.

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