A team of medical experts from Dar es Salaam was yesterday dispatched to Kagera region to further examine the two patients believed to be suffering from the Ebola hemorrhagic fever. But as the team of medical experts was sent to Kagera region, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare subsequently confirmed the outbreak of the deadly fever in the western part of the country.
In the meantime, reports from Nyakahanga designated hospital in Karagwe district, Kagera region indicate that there were two patients including a child, suspected to be suffering from the deadly fever that has rocked neighbouring Uganda. According to one of the doctors who diagnosed the patient at Karagwe’s Nyakahanga hospital, preliminary findings show that the victim might have contacted the Ebola virus. However, the doctor who requested anonymity told the Guardian on Sunday that ‘further medical examination’ would be conducted to gather more evidence about the possible outbreak of Ebola, adding that the patient had since been quarantined pending final results.
He said preliminary check-ups found out that the diagnosis had all signs showed clear symptoms of Ebola – after which he ordered the patient to be admitted for closer monitoring locally, and further medical examination by medical experts from the ministry headquarters. He added that the patient had since been placed in a special intensive care room which is out of bounds for all other people -- apart from his mother who is taking care of the patient.
Earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) had alerted Tanzania on the Ebola threat, prompting the ministry to issue a press statement elaborating that Ebola (Ebola HF) was a severe, often-fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees) that has appeared sporadically since its initial recognition in 1976.
The disease is caused by infection with Ebola virus, named after a river in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), where it was first recognized.
The virus is one of two members of a family of RNA viruses called the Filoviridae; there are five identified subtypes of the Ebola virus -- four of which have been known to cause disease in humans: Ebola-Zaire, Ebola-Sudan, Ebola-Ivory Coast and Ebola-Bundibugyo.
The fifth, Ebola-Reston, has caused disease in nonhuman primates, but not in humans.
Health officials in Uganda’s Kagandi Hospital have so far confirmed 8 new emerging cases of Ebola. Statistics released by Health officials on Friday indicate that the number of people currently “actively being followed up” has increased from 232 to 253 in the recent 24 hours. Speaking on the matter, the chairman of the Ebola National Task Force, Mr. Anthony Mbonye said, “Of the 46 samples collected since the outbreak, by August 2, eight of them were confirmed positive and all are from Kibaale.”
A state of alert has been imposed along the Tanzania border with Uganda following fears over a suspected outbreak of Ebola in Kagera Region.
According to clinical officers, the virus spreads through the blood, multiplying in many organs. It causes severe damage to the liver, lymphatic system, kidneys, ovaries and testes. Internal bleeding results in shock and acute respiratory distress, leading to death. Once a patient is infected with Ebola, the incubation period is four to 16 days. The onset of the disease is sudden, with fever, chills, headache, anorexia and muscle pain. Bleeding occurs from multiple sites, including the digestive tract, lungs as well as gums and death occurs within seven to 16 days.
Originally posted by Tykonos
I was reading about the longer incubation period this strain seem to have. I hope for a burn out.
edit on 5-8-2012 by Tykonos because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
reply to post by Mkoll
However, dying THIS way? Oh..Hell no. never. ever.
Kenya's ministry of public health is yet again assuring the nation that so far there has been no confirmed case of Ebola in Kenya. this, even as four suspected cases have been reported in the past week alone, with the latest being a 24 - year - old woman in Homa Bay county, who was bleeding from several body openings.
A hospital in the western Kenyan town of Eldoret said a middle-aged man suspected of being infected with the Ebola virus has been placed in isolation, following an outbreak of the disease in neighboring Uganda that killed 16.