The Ministry of Health in Kenya has announced that the student who was quarantined for fear of being infected with the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), is negative for the virus after all.
The student, who traveled from Wuhan in China to Kenya, was quarantined upon arrival at the Infectious Disease Unit of Kenyatta National Hospital for showing signs and symptoms of flu, which are indistinguishable from those of infection with the 2019 novel coronavirus.
In a release on Friday, the Ministry of Health, Kenya notified the public that the outcome of the laboratory result from the National Influenza Centre and South Africa showed that it was just common cold.
“We wish to inform members of the public that the laboratory results which we receieved on 28th January 2020 from the National Influenza Centre and 30th January 2020 from South Africa revealed that the person under coronavirus investigation DOES NOT have the novel Corona Virus 2019 disease but usual common cold.
We would like to call for calm and reassure citizens nad everyone residing in kenya that the country is free from novel coronavirus 2019 and stringnet measures have been put in place to prevent its importation into the country.”Excerpts from the release by the Kenyan Ministry of Health on 31 january 2020.
The statement urged members of the public to maintain basic hand and respiratory hygiene, avoid close contact with those having a respiratory infection and advised those with travel history to China and who show respiratory symptoms to report at the nearest health facility for assessment and prompt management.
The release concluded:
“As a Government, we want to assure the public that necessary surveillance and monitoring systems have been deployed across the country and we shall continue to provide updates.”