Suspected Ebola case reported in Yambio
The national Ministry of Health has said one suspected Ebola case has been reported in Western Equatoria State.
This comes after four people died of hemorrhagic fever in the neighbouring Central African Republic.
Mabior Kiir, Chief of Planning for the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre, said the victims are located in the city of Kabo, “in the prefecture of Ouham-Fafa, one of the villages in the Central African Republic.”
“There is one suspected [case] reported in the country from Yambio, he is isolated for 21 days, and if the result comes out negative, then it is okay,” Mabior said.
The individual displayed signs and symptoms of Ebola virus disease, such as vomiting blood and has a history of travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Mabior said the sample taken from the suspect has been referred to the Uganda Viral Research Institute (UVRI) for testing.
He said that they were still waiting for the outcome.
However, Mabior said the country is on high alert in terms of preparedness for the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD, and that they have finalised a checklist.
“As of now, there is an ongoing training for the Rapid Response Team in Yei and Torit, to respond in case of any situation in the country and the risk communication as one of the pillars is doing well in Yei, Morobo and Yambio.”
“There is a scale of risk communication to raise awareness in the community about the risk of EVD in the neighbouring countries,” he explained.
He said the World Health Organisation (WHO) had provided 100 pieces of GeneXpert cartridges for testing EVD and they were currently at the national public health laboratory.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Chad, and Central African Republic EPI status shows that there have been no new cases confirmed since November 11, 2021.
However, the cumulative cases from the areas are 11, including 8 confirmed, 2 recovered, 6 deaths, and 3 probable. Four of the confirmed cases were known contacts, and six out of the 11 confirmed probable cases were under 5.
Three health areas currently affected include Butsili, Kanzuli, and Bundji.
However, a local doctor in CAR has put forward the hypothesis of the Ebola virus, but the Minister of Health, Pierre Somse, prefers to wait for the results of the analysis on the samples before making an official report.
Pending these results, Minister Somse called on the population in the Central African Republic to “calm” and “vigilance”, while reassuring them that measures are being taken to prevent the spread of the disease.
Mabior has urged the citizens to remain calm despite the report of the suspected Ebola case in Yambio.