Samples from people suspected of having monkeypox in Kenya were taken to Senegal for testing and further investigation, the nation has learned.
The Ministry of Health on Friday gave approval for the samples to be sent there ever since The country’s testing capacity is limited given the rarity of the disease.
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“The test is done using an antigen and since we don’t have the capacity as a country to test, we had to take it to a country that has previously dealt with the outbreak and whose laboratories are certified,” said a Department of Health official seeking anonymity.
The official said if the test comes back positive, the department needs to budget for the testing supplies and also make sure we are able to test for the virus.< p>Health CS Mutahi Kagwe and Ch etärin Susan Mochache did not respond to our calls and messages regarding this issue.
Dr. However, Emmanuel Okunga , acting chief of the Department of Disease Surveillance at the Ministry of Health, said the country had just one suspected case of monkeypox at Kenyatta Hospital two weeks ago, which turned out to be negative.
“There for further investigation was omitted because it did not match the suspected case. We have a great many diseases that come with rashes, but monkeypox is classic in appearance with swelling in the body. If samples were transported, I’m not aware of that,” he said. He acknowledged the country’s inability to test for monkeypox.
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But the source confirmed that they (the Ministry of Health) had asked for a permit to expedite the shipment of the samples.
Ms Mochache said last week that the government was easing surveillance on all Reinforced entry points to prevent monkeypox outbreaks.
An alert has been sent to counties to watch for possible signs of monkeypox virus and report to the Department of Disease Surveillance and Response to take action to take.
Ms Mochache said that the country has robust surveillance systems in place, which have been stepped up and deployed successfully during the Covid-19 pandemic, and that they would be deployed in the event of a monkeypox fear.You say te that there should be no cause for concern. The Department of Health is vigilant and ready to deal with any eventuality.
“We are ready to deal with any eventuality as a district and therefore we are increasing our surveillance in all of them Ports of entry,” said Ms. Mochache.
The virus was discovered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo five decades ago. So far, the country has recorded about 1,238 cases and 57 deaths since January.
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Most people will experience symptoms , including fever, chills, and fatigue, which can last anywhere from two to four weeks, but more severe illnesses often result in rashes on the face or hands that spread to the rest of the body.
The virus becomes transmitted primarily when an affected person comes into contact with the pathogen from an animal, human, or contaminated materials. It enters the body through skin lesions, even if the lesion is not visible to the naked eye.
According to the World Health Organization, seven countries in Africa have reported 1,400 cases of monkeypox (1,392 suspected cases). , 44 confirmed).
Cases were reported from Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo and Sierra Leone.