A student with coronavirus-like symptoms quarantined
January 28, 2020
Kenya Airways passenger who arrived from Guangzhou with flu-like symptoms has
been quarantined at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) over fears of the
statement from Kenya Airways confirmed that the Kenyan passenger had travelled
to Nairobi from Guangzhou on Tuesday.
to quarantine the passenger was reached by the Kenya Government port health
authorities stationed at JKIA,” the statement reads.
indicate that the passenger had been cleared to travel back home by China Port
health authorities at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.
to Kenya Airways, the procedure at the airport of departure is that all
passengers are required to undergo quarantine screening by the health
authorities before being cleared to board any aircraft.
airline further indicated that their crew, guided by the ICAO protocols, still
took further precautionary measures including isolating the passenger for the
the passenger arrived at the JKIA, they were still required to undergo further
Airways operates nonstop flights from Nairobi to Guangzhou.
in Ivory Coast, CNN reports that health authorities are investigating a
suspected case of Wuhan coronavirus in a female student who arrived from China,
officials have said.
student, whom authorities have not named, is the first person to be tested for
the virus on the continent. The virus has killed at least 80 people in the
mainland Chinese city of Wuhan.
34-year-old student traveled from Beijing to the Félix-Houphouët-Boigny
International Airport in Abidjan on Saturday and was coughing, sneezing and
experienced difficulty breathing, Ivory Coast’s Ministry of Health and Public
Hygiene said in statement.
student was moved to a safe location upon arrival at the airport and is
currently under medical observation, the ministry said.
believe it is highly likely a case of pneumonia and not coronavirus, but the
final diagnosis will be made after the analysis of the results of the test, the
Yao, WHO Africa emergency response program manager, said the agency had advised
health ministers in the region to activate standard flu screening at airports
for passengers coming from mainland China.
are urged not to panic, to maintain proper hygiene, and to visit the closest
health center in case of fever, cough, or breathing difficulties.
than 2700 coronavirus cases have been confirmed, prompting countries around the
world, including Nigeria to shore up surveillance and screening at airports,
especially for travelers arriving from Wuhan in China where the outbreak began
authorities in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, said airlines operating
in its airspace should update crew members on how to handle sick passengers on
board their aircrafts.
Pilots must report such cases to health officials on landing while also encouraging sick travelers to seek help before leaving the airport, Nigeria’s Federal Airport Agency said in a statement.