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South Sudan - MoH: 1 (or2?) suspected Ebola cases in Yei - test invalid, waiting for confirmation from Uganda Virus Research Institute - July 8, 2019

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  • South Sudan - MoH: 1 (or2?) suspected Ebola cases in Yei - test invalid, waiting for confirmation from Uganda Virus Research Institute - July 8, 2019

    from a friend of FluTrackers

    from the Ministry of Health on July 8, 2019:

    1. Highlights of the week  Two suspected Ebola virus disease (EVD) alert were reported in Yei on 5 and 6 July 2019.

    Samples was shipped to juba National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) for preliminary testing and sent for confirmation in Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI). Results are expected between 8 and 10 July respectively.  On 6 July 2019 the first preliminary test for Ebola conducted at the national Public Health Laboratory in Juba using the recently installed polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine was invalid. Confirmation is now being pursued from the Uganda Virus Research Institute.  84,804 screenings were conducted for EVD at 31 points of entry during week 27. The cumulative number of screenings conducted since August 2018 is 2,494,212.  EVD Secretariat and WHO convened a meeting with implementing partners to coordinate follow up actions following the confirmed case of EVD in Ariwara in DRC, just 70 km away from South Sudan. Staff from WHO, IOM and WFP deployed to Yei to engage with partners and review and strengthen preparedness measures. The team comprised WHO (Logistician, HF IPC WASH, Risk Communication and Epidemiologist) and humanitarian partners (IOM & WFP). On Friday 5th July the WHO team travelled overland to Kaya border crossing where they provided technical supervision and guidance to the implementing partner to isolate, install IPC measures, collect and pack samples and manage a suspect patient.  IOM continues to monitor people crossing the DRC border to South Sudan, and strengthen screening.  The EVD Secretariat and WHO provided a briefing to Heads of Cooperation in South Sudan, with epidemiological updates, a summary of preparedness measures to date, and an overview of the funding situation and additional requirements.  On July 5 2019, the Undersecretary for Health, Dr. Makur Kariom issued a press release on the situation of Ebola preparedness activities in South Sudan. He reaffirmed the government?s commitment towards EVD prevention and preparedness, and acknowledged ongoing efforts of donors and operational partners.

  • #2
    Also sent from same friend of FluTrackers is a social media report snip that I can not independently verify but source is believed to be reliable:

    "More info on Yei EVD : - A lady 27 age old went to the funeral of one of her relative died from Malaria (according to the DG of MoH) in DR Congo. She was not feeling well after the funeral and she was admitted to the health facility in DR Congo for hematemesis with abdominal pain and fever. She was treated for Malaria and Ulcer. With the treatment she was not improving and she came back to Yei (Luparate) . Once in Yei she consulted at Lomoku 2 Health Centre in Yei Town with symptom of vomiting blood and fatigue. The Clinical Officer called the Ebola Case Management team for investigation around 6:00 PM Yesterday. The patient was sent to Yei State Hospital for more investigation. Once in YSH she was isolated in one of the tent as suspect of Ebola (not in new isolation centre which is under some modification/construction). She was there without any assistance from Health Care workers and without food. She was with her daughter. She left to her home in Luparate area in Yei town. The Ebola case management team found in morning that she already left and the surveillance and mobilization team managed to trace her and send back to hospital. She was isolated again in same tent and the blood sample has been taken and sent to Juba. The result should be available in few hours (2-3 hours)."


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      Map of Yei location:

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      • #4
        And the final results from the lab in Uganda are........?