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Kenya, Fearing Risk of Ebola Virus, Deports 137 Ugandans

November 25, 2000|Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya — More than 100 Ugandans who may have come into contact with the Ebola virus, which has has killed at least 129 people in Uganda in recent weeks, have been expelled, the Kenyan Health Ministry said Friday.

The 137 Ugandans were in Kenya as delegates to a conference on regional security. They were put on buses, and police escorted them across the border Friday, said Amukowa Anangwe, Kenya's minister of health services.

"Let me be very emphatic that none of the delegates here . . . have shown any symptoms, but we are taking preventive measures, and we are leaving nothing to chance," Anangwe said.

He said the delegates, from civil and interest groups, had entered Kenya without following the proper procedures put in place by health and immigration officials when the Ebola outbreak was confirmed.

The Ebola death toll has risen to 129; 344 people have been infected in Uganda's outbreak.

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