A Kenya Airways passenger who arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Tuesday, January 28 with coronavirus-like symptoms has been admitted at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) isolation ward.

The Ministry of Health has urged for calm saying it is currently investigating the suspected case of the virus whose symptoms include runny nose, fever and organ failure.


A statement from Kenya Airways confirmed that the Kenyan passenger had traveled to Nairobi from Guangzhou on Tuesday, January 28.

“Decision to quarantine the passenger was reached by the Kenya Government port health authorities stationed at JKIA,” the statement reads.

KNH Communications Manager Hezekiel Gikambi said that when the student arrived at JKIA and was flagged by the infectious disease units at the airport, Daily Nation reported.

“He was brought by the airport surveillance ambulance and is currently going through tests to rule out or confirm if he indeed has the disease,” said Gikambi.

More than 2600 infections have so far been recorded prompting countries to stay on alert especially in ports of entries.

The current outbreak, 2019-nCoV is a betacoronavirus, like MERS and SARs, all of which have their origins in bats, according to CDC.

Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak of respiratory illness in Wuhan, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread.

But the current situation where many people who did not have access to animal markets have been infected shows a person-to-person spread.

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