'Tanzania has no Ebola case so far'

'Tanzania has no Ebola case so far'

The pandemonium that broke out in Karagwe District following unfounded reports that more than 40 cases of Ebola have been diagnosed in the district are, indeed, unfortunate. Not a single case has been sighted.

It is also imperative to mention here that the six-year-old boy who was taken to Nyakahanga Hospital in Karagwe District last week was actually suffering from Tract Infection (UTI), an ailment that caused him to urinate blood.  UTI is a rather common ailment that has absolutely nothing to do with Ebola.

The ministry has, in fact, left no stone unturned to ensure that the boy has no Ebola symptoms. A close medical examination has already been carried out on the boy and samples of his blood have been sent to national and international medical laboratories for exhaustive examination.

Medical experts have also reported that the boy's health is improving and that the 'frightening' symptoms that include fever, vomiting and urinating blood have stopped. An Ebola case would have been much more difficult to handle.

The ministry has dispatched well equipped teams of medical experts to Kagera, Mara, Mwanza, Kilimanjaro, Kigoma and Arusha regions to make sure foreigners with Ebola symptoms do not cross border posts into Tanzania.  The experts can tell an Ebola victim on sight.

In fact, the experts are carrying out a 24-hour surveillance. Travellers' movements are monitored closely at all entry points. However, this does not mean that the 'wananchi' should not report to authorities any sighting of foreigners or locals suspected to exhibit Ebola symptoms.

Residents, especially in the northern and western border regions should take all precautions against Ebola by boiling drinking water and using toilets. Residents in Kagera Region should be more cautious on the matter for, more than 40 Ebola cases have been determined in Uganda.

Everyone should be aware that Ebola is a highly dangerous disease brought on by the Ebola virus. The symptoms of the pandemic include a sudden rise in body temperature; unexplained fatigue; muscle pain; bouts of headache and sore throat.

These symptoms are followed almost immediately by incessant vomiting; loose bowels; skin rashes; kidney malfunction and liver failure. Some Ebola victims also bleed profusely through external and internal orifices, a phenomenon that has baffled the medical world.

Symptoms normally emerge in two to 21 days after a victim contracts the virus. Victims contract the disease after inadvertently touching the blood or other body discharges of an Ebola patient. Virus transmission is also possible when the body of a dead victim is touched.

It has also been determined that touching the carcasses of wild animals such as gorillas or antelopes that have been killed by Ebola can also transmit the virus to humans. It should also be expressly understood that there is no cure or vaccine for the disease.

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Author: EDITOR

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