11 August 2014

Rwanda: Ebola Suspected Case Improving - Minisante

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An MSF health worker donning a protective suit to treat Ebola victims in Kailahun, Sierra Leone. July 2014.

Following Sunday's report of a patient who was identified in Rwanda with Ebola-like symptoms, the ministry of health has announced that the patient's condition is improving.

The patient, a European medical student who has recently been in West Africa, was put in isolation while at King Faisal hospital with malaria when he developed Ebola-like symptoms. He is currently in the isolation facility in Kanombe while doctors wait for the results of medical tests to determine whether the man is actually infected with the hemorrhagic fever.

On Monday, however, Minisante reported that the patient's temperature had significantly gone down and that he is recovering well from the malaria and other symptoms.

Other people who were also put in quarantine, including nurses, doctors, health managers, cashiers, patients as well as other people who had been in contact with the European man, have not shown any signs of Ebola at this time and are doing well.

The ministry of health called on the public to stay calm, saying measures have been put in place aimed at preventing any outbreak of the disease in Rwanda. Health workers have been trained to ensure timely detection, notification and appropriate management of any suspected cases - which showed its efficiency on Sunday.

Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a highly contagious disease transmitted from person to person and characterized by fever, headache, joint and muscle pain, sore throat, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pains and bleeding. It is not an airborne disease, but is transmitted mainly through contact with body fluids.

Minisante cautioned people to remain vigilant and report any suspected cases immediately at the nearest health facility or call the hotline on 114.

So far, no case of Ebola has ever been confirmed Rwanda.

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