Kenya At High Risk For Transmission Of Ebola

Kenya is an East African country, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the country as a high-risk area for transmission of the deadly Ebola virus on Wednesday.

Although there have been no reported cases of Ebola in Kenya, the country’s role as a transportation hub in East Africa makes it more vulnerable to the disease, WHO said.

WHO representative Dr. Custodia Mandlhate told reporters on Wednesday that the UN health agency has classified Kenya as level 2, meaning at high risk for transmission.

The last known doses of ZMapp, an experimental drug to combat Ebola, were to arrive Wednesday in Liberia, where the government is scrambling to save two infected doctors.

They would be the first Africans known to receive the controversial treatment.

Canada has promised to donate 800 to 1,000 doses of its untested Ebola vaccine to WHO. Questions already are being asked about who will get it and how scientists will determine if it works.


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