New Ebola scare in Karonga


Karonga District Hospital has disclosed that it has received a patient from Mbilima in Chitipa near the border with Tanzania who is suspected to be infected with the Ebola virus.

Karonga District Environmental Health Officer, Lewis Tukula told Malawi News Agency on Wednesday morning that the suspect was referred to the hospital since Chitipa does not have an Ebola Treatment Unit.

“I can confirm that we have a probable case of Ebola being treated at Karonga Ebola Treatment Unit. The case was identified at Mbilima in Chitipa yesterday (Tuesday) and got transferred to Karonga Ebola Treatment Unit last night,” said Tukula.

The patient says he is from Mangochi and he is reported to have been taking care of his relative in Democratic Republic of Congo who passed away.

Last month, a 37-year-old man was also placed in isolation at Karonga District Hospital on suspicion of an Ebola virus attack, the man later died.