A female medical student suspected of having the deadly coronavirus is admitted to the Coast General Hospital in Mombasa.
The student from Southern Medical University in Guangzhou arrived in the country on Thursday.
“She is currently isolated in private room at Rehemtullah Ward. Her blood samples have been sent to Nairobi for analysis. She started feeling unwell while in China, complaining of chest pains and difficulty in breathing,” Mombasa County Chief Health Officer Khadija Shikely said on Sunday.
Ms Shikely further said that the 22-year-old student from Likoni Sub-County arrived in the country on January 30 from China.
“The patient is now under strict isolation because we are not taking any chances,” Dr Shikely said.
Currently, the hospital, the largest referral facility in the region, is also under strict surveillance.
The World Health Organisation on Friday declared the coronavirus a global emergency, with special focus on countries that have no health capacities to deal with the outbreak.
“Our greatest concern is the potential for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems,” said WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.