“Coronavirus in Kenya? Student admitted at KNH after exhibiting coronavirus-like symptoms.”
What is the coronavirus?
Coronaviruses, according to the World Health Organization, are “a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV)”.
A WHO bulletin dated 29 January 2020 says 6,065 cases of this strain have been confirmed around the world so far, with 132 deaths. Most of the cases – 5,997 – were reported inside China. Only 68 cases, in 15 countries, were reported outside China.
Case admitted at Kenyatta National Hospital
“On the morning of 28 January 2020, the Ministry of Health was notified of a passenger aboard flight KQ 887 from Guangzhou China who upon screening on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) was found to have fever,” the statement reads.
“He was immediately isolated in a temporary holding room at JKIA and later transferred to the Infectious Disease Unit, Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) for investigation and admission.”
A day later the ministry issued an update, saying the patient would remain in isolation until tests were completed. – Dancan Bwire
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