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Trans Nzoia County Government closes Suam border point over suspected Ebola case

By Osinde Obare | Published Sat, October 11th 2014 at 12:54, Updated October 11th 2014 at 14:36 GMT +3

Trans Nzoia, Kenya:  Trans-Nzoia County Government has closed Suam border point along the Kenya-Uganda border following reports that one person had died from suspected Ebola in Bukwo district Eastern Uganda.

Deputy Governor Dr Stanley Tarus announced on Friday that the border point has been temporally closed and movement restricted.

"We received reports that one person has died from a disease suspected to be Ebola and we are not taking chances. We have closed the border and restricted movement," said Tarus in Kitale.

He said a team of health workers have been dispatched to the area to monitor the situation amid panic and fear at the border.
Dr Tarus said the health personnel will screen people particularly Kenyans crossing the border back from Uganda.

"We have put health workers on high alert after reports from the Uganda and health officers are stationed at the affected border to monitor the situation," he said.

Tarus spoke when he received drugs worth Sh 29 million purchased by the county from KEMSA and asked residents to limit movements to the neighbouring country.

He said the drugs will be distributed to all local health facilities in the county and directed proper use of the drugs.

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