13th October 2017 –
Suspected Case update
- The index passenger (probable case) is still admitted on the hospital ward and has no symptoms and is stable. Today is the 5thday of treatment and as per clinical guidelines, the patient is no longer infectious. However, he will remain admitted to complete his antibiotic course. Samples for confirmatory testing are being sent to a WHO-certified overseas reference laboratory.
- The other eleven (11) patients in the hospital remain stable on treatment with no respiratory distress. This includes the foreign national.
Contact tracing and surveillance
- None of the contacts (which include mostly teachers) related to the suspected case and receiving antibiotic prophylaxis has developed symptoms. Tomorrow will be the last day of monitorin gas passive surveillance. They will however complete the antiprophylaxis course.
- All children at Anse Boileau Primary School and crèche have been offered antibiotic prophylaxis. Those who did not turn up today at the school are being followed up in their homes. This is a precautionary measure in view of a potential contact with an admitted patient.
- Should anyone who is on prophylaxis develop fever, cough or other symptoms, they should contact their health centre, the Hotline 141 or Dr Jastin Bibi on 2723739 or Dr Naomi Adeline 2711818
- Three (3) Seychellois nationals returned from Madagascar via Nairobi yesterday. They have been kept at the military training academy on observation and receiving prophylaxis. This brings the total to sixteen (16) people at the academy.
- Regional Health facilities (Beau Vallon, English River, Les Mamelles, Anse Boileau health centres and Anse Royale and Baie Ste Anne Hospitals) are being used to assess contact and provide prophylaxis.
- The PHA is reinforcing the advisory to prevent people to travel to Madagascar for the time being.
- Hotline 141 is active and people can call for information and advice.