Tanzania has been placed on high alert over two suspected cases of Ebola. The two patients suffering Ebola-like symptoms had returned to Tanzania from a trip to neighboring Uganda where suspected Ebola cases have risen to 53.
The deadly Ebola outbreak in Uganda has claimed 16 lives so far according to the World Health Organization. Fear is now rising that the haemorrhagic fever that can result in an agonizing death, has spread to neighboring Tanzania.
Xinhaunet reported a spokesperson from the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare confirmed that a team of doctors have been sent to investigate the suspected Ebola cases. The two infected patients are a mother and her six-year-old son who have been admitted to the Nyakahanga hospital in Karagwe district, western Tanzania. They are being kept in isolation as doctors wait for blood tests to determine if they if have contracted the deadly disease.
According to Swine Flu Magazine an employee at Nyakahang hospital said the child's symptoms included profuse bleeding through his nose and ears. However, any possible Ebola-like symptoms are treated with extreme caution in communities near to a known outbreak.