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The Ministry of Health has advised members of the public not to handle or touch bodies of people who have died of unknown cause or those suspected to have died due to Ebola.

Last week the government shared a list of people who are at a high risk of getting Ebola.

Via a tweet, MOH also asked Kenyans to be cautious and protect themselves against the disease following an outbreak in neighbouring Uganda.

The ministry has called on Kenyans to look out for Ebola Signs and Symptoms which are fever, headache, sore throat, vomiting, body weakness, diarrhoea, rash muscle pain and sometimes bleeding from body openings.

It further cautions Hunters, butchers, handlers of wild animals and products and Veterinarians whom it said are at high risk of getting Ebola virus disease.

“Healthcare providers of Ebola patients. Family members and close contacts of an Ebola-infected person. Hunters, butchers, and handlers of wild animals and products and veterinarians and travellers who have visited the affected regions and their close contacts.” Read the statement.

In another tweet, the ministry warned Family members and close contacts of an Ebola-infected person especially contact with body fluids saying they are at risk of getting Ebola virus disease.

In September last year, the Ugandan government to Kenya in line with East African Community Health protocols issued an alert over the outbreak that was detected in Ngabano village of Madudu Sub County in Central Uganda.

Ebola outbreak was reported in seven districts in Uganda that include; Mubende, Kyegegwa, Kassanda, Kagadi, Bunyangabu, Wakiso and Kampala in Uganda.

Since last year, the government formed a National Taskforce on Ebola Virus Disease that has been conducting a situational review of Kenya’s preparation to deal with the disease.

As of 27th October 22, a total of 121 confirmed cases with 32 confirmed deaths have been reported.

Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a severe and often fatal illness in humans caused by Ebola virus.

The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission. Based on previous outbreaks, up to 67pc of infected cases die.

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