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Big boost in detecting Zika virus in Kenya

Consultant pathologists and CEO of Pathologists Lancet laboratories Dr Ahmed Kalebi

Consultant pathologists and CEO of Pathologists Lancet laboratories Dr Ahmed Kalebi

Source: Standard Digital Edition

By Ally Jamah  

Sunday, February 21st 2016

Kenya’s capacity to detect the dreaded Zika virus has received a big boost as jitters over the diseases spreads across the globe.

Pathologists Lancet laboratories has become the second facility in the country able to carry out the advanced Zika virus tests after the Kenya Medical Research Institute, which is a government facility.

This development is expected to enhance the country’s capacity to meet the threat of Zika virus that has been linked to cases of serious brain defects in new-born babies and a rare disease that causes body paralysis.

Lancet Kenya is the largest medical laboratory service provider in the region and is headquartered in South Africa.

This comes as the number of countries in Africa that have reported cases of Zika virus increased to two— South Africa and Cape Verde.

On Saturday, South Africa recorded its first case of the virus and there are increasing fears that more cases could surface in other parts of the continent, including Kenya.

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