Ebola volunteers

A passenger travelling from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) en-route to Kenya has been isolated at Uganda’s Entebbe International Airport, as Ebola tests are carried out.

Sarah Opendi, Uganda’s minister of state in charge of general duties, told Xinhua by telephone on Saturday that although the male passenger has not developed other Ebola signs, he has got a fever and high temperature.

“He is now in an isolation ward at Entebbe hospital. Blood samples have been taken to the Uganda Virus Research Institute,” Opendi said.

She said available information shows that the passenger lost his wife three weeks ago, although the cause of death is not yet known.

Opendi said medical officers at the airport are screening all passengers coming into the country especially those from neighboring DRC.

DRC authorities on May 8 declared an outbreak of Ebola in the western border town of Bikoro. The government on Thursday night confirmed 11 cases and one death.

The Ebola virus is highly contagious and causes a range of symptoms including fever, vomiting, diarrhea, generalized pain or malaise and in many cases internal and external bleeding.

Mortality rates of Ebola fever, according to the World Health Organization, are extremely high, with the human case-fatality rate ranging from 50 percent to 89 percent, depending on viral sub-type. Enditem

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