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South Sudan Says They Intensified Ebola Surveillance After Suspected Case

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South Sudan Says They Intensified Ebola Surveillance After Suspected Case

South Sudan says it has intensified Ebola surveillance after confirming a suspected
case negative in the South West Lanya area of Yei river region near the border with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Mathew Tut, Director of the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC), also coordinating Ebola surveillance and response,
said this on Thursday in Juba.

Tut said that they had tested negative the samples collected from a 30-year-old male hunter from Loka in Lainya County, who recently
passed on after suffering symptoms similar to Ebola virus.

He added that the results were confirmed negative on samples collected on the deceased.

The UN World Health Organisation has deployed a rapid response team to support the packaging and transportation of the sample
to Juba which was later on sent to the Uganda Virus Research institute.

“The result came and it was negative and there is ongoing surveillance and rapid response. We are sending more personnel to Yei,
Yambio to do more awareness,” said Tut in Juba.

On Nov. 6, the deceased complained of generalised body pain, headache and fever and later on started vomiting blood and watery
diarrhea.

The director said that upon arrival at the Lainya hospital, the patient was put on IV Quinine, Tramadol and IV Ringers Lactate in
the ward.

However, he continued to vomit blood more than seven times and diarrhea continued and he became irritable. He passed away on
Nov. 11 at around 3 a.m. local time.

Tut disclosed that preliminary findings at PHEOC laboratory initially tested negative before being sent to Uganda for further testing.

South Sudan has increased Ebola alertness and response in the Yei, Yambio areas which border Uganda and DR.Congo respectively.

Ebola epidemic caused the death of about 200 people in DRC.

Ebola virus disease, one of the deadliest viral diseases, was discovered in 1976 when two consecutive outbreaks of fatal
hemorrhagic fever occurred in different parts of Central Africa. … The second outbreak occurred in what is now South Sudan,
approximately 500 miles (850 km) away.

Between 2014 and 2015 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea.

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