Simotwo Secondary School in Keiyo South sub county has been placed under quarantine after a student died from sysmptoms similar to those found in people affected by the dreaded ebola disease.
The Elgeyo Marakwet county executive committee member in charge of health Dr Kiprono Chepkok said the student died after bleeding from all body orifices triggering a scare of an attack by the Ebola virus.
The Form One student, according to Chepkok, had complained of feeling unwell on Sunday evening and was allowed to go and rest.
The CEC member added that he was taken to Kamwosor sub county hospital on Monday by the school authorities after he failed to attend class and was found still sleeping in the dormitory.
“He was referred to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret after his situation deteriorated today but succumbed before reaching the hospital,” Dr Chepkok said.
He said following the incident the school and all health personnel who came into contact with the deceased had been quarantined until they establish the cause of death and also to prevent the spread of the suspected deadly virus.
The CEC said they had already communicated with the ministry of Health headquarters and a sample sent to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) for testing.
“Kemri have assured us that the testing will take 6-8 hours and therefore by tomorrow morning we expect to have the results,” he said.
Dr Chepkok called for calm as the government handles the situation saying they wanted to rule out the presence of the virus.