A Kenyan student from China with coronavirus-like symptoms has been admitted to Kenyatta National Hospital isolation ward.
The hospital’s Communication Manager Hezekiel Gikambi told local media the patient was isolated upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport [JKIA] from Guangzhou, China.
“We are not denying but the ministry will issue a statement later in the day. We have the suspected case and we are continuing with tests,” he told The Star.
In a statement on Tuesday, Kenya Airways confirmed that a passenger who travelled on one of our services from Guangzhou to Nairobi on January 28, 2020 has, as a precautionary measure, been quarantined at the Kenyatta National Hospital.
“Decision to quarantine the passenger was reached by the Kenya Government port health authorities stationed at JKIA,” KQ said.
“The Kenyan passenger had been cleared to travel by the China Port health authorities at the Guangzhou Airport.”
Upon being cleared, staff notified the Kenya Government Port health authorities who then take precautionary measures including further screening on arrival.
According to the World Health Organisation report released on Monday, the incubation period of the virus range from 2-10 days.
85 Kenyan students stuck in China
Meanwhile, the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs says 85 Kenyans are stuck in Wuhan in China as health workers continue to battle the raging coronavirus outbreak.
At the same time the ministry has warned Kenyans not to travel to China unless it is absolutely necessary.
In a press statement, the ministry said the Kenyan embassy is in touch with the Kenyans who have been affected by the lockdown of the city.
“The embassy is aware that there are 85 Kenyans in Wuhan who are registered with the embassy and is closely monitoring the situation,” the ministry said in a press statement on Monday.
The ministry believes there may be other Kenyans stuck in the city.
“We encourage unregistered Kenyans to register as a matter of importance. All Kenyans in Wuhan and in China in general should endeavour to immediately contact the Kenya embassy in Beijing for advice and consular assistance as appropriate,” the ministry advised.
Additionally, the ministry had advised against non-essential travel to the affected city.
“Those on essential travel must comply with additional screening measures that have been put in place by authorities,” the statement said.
The coronavirus outbreak came to prominence on January 9 following the death of a 61-year old man who had exhibited symptoms similar to the common cold and the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
So far, 81 people have lost their lives whereas 2, 744 cases have been confirmed as positive.
Its symptoms include breathing complications, fever, kidney failure, pneumonia, severe coughing and impaired liver and kidney function.
WHO report also said that a total of 2798 cases have been confirmed globally; Japan with 4 cases, Republic of Korea 4, Viet Nam 2, Singapore 4, Australia 4, Malaysia 4, Thailand 5 and 5 cases in the United States of America.
Apart from China, other countries such as Australia, France, Cambodia, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, the United States, Vietnam, Thailand and Taiwan have confirmed cases of the virus.