Kenya shivers over Coronavirus outbreak

By Samuel Ouma

Cabinet Secretary for Health, Sicily Kariuki

Being one of the destinations of China
nationals in Africa, Kenyan residents risk contacting Coronasvirus which has
hit the Asian country warn the experts.

The epidemic started in the Chinese town of
Wuhan in December, 2019 before spreading to other provinces.  It has already infected at least 440 people
and killed 9 people.  The virus has
crossed the border to Thailand, US, South Korea, Australia and Japan.

Kenya has intensified surveillance at all
its entry points and screening of passengers for the new scourge as
precautionary measures as the World Health Organization set to meet to
determine whether the outbreak should be categorized as the international
health emergency.

“The Ministry of Health has heightened
surveillance at all ports of entry and screening of passengers for coronavirus.
An alert has also been sent to all 47 counties through the directors of health
Governors to widen efforts”, revealed the ministry’s acting director general.

The viruses originate from the animals
according to the medical experts but it is not clear which animals. They infect
both animals and people, and cause illnesses of the respiratory tract, ranging
from the common cold to severe conditions as per health practitioners.  Other symptoms are fatigue, sore throat and
dry cough. 

A Chinese scientist who first decoded the
virus revealed that it can be transmitted from animals to humans sending people
across the world into panic. People have been implored to avoid any contact
with animals.


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