WHO says Kenya at risk of Ebola
The World Health Organization (WHO) has described Kenya as at high-risk for Ebola transmission.
WHO representative in Kenya Dr Custodia Mandhate said Kenya is classified as level 2, which means a high-risk area for the transmission category.
She commended efforts by the Ministry of Health to screen passengers jetting into the country at main international airports from countries with Ebola but called for additional measures to prevent the virus from spreading.
“Safety measures are critical and have to involve all relevant sectors,” she said during a press briefing Wednesday.
Kenyan government is considering banning Kenya Airways from flying to West Africa countries to stop the spread of the virus.
Recently, travelers raised concern over “poor” screening of passengers from Ebola-hit countries which they fear could increase the possibility of the deadly disease spreading into Kenya.
The Ebola death toll continues to climb, despite the global attention on the outbreak.
In numbers released on Wednesday by the World Health Organization, 128 new cases were diagnosed between Aug. 10 and Aug. 11 alone, and 56 died.
The disease has infected and killed people in four West African nations: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.