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    Friday, 17 August 2018

    Suspected Ebola death reported at Beitbridge

    •      Gov on high alert
    Body quarantined at hospital
    All travellers from DRC to be screened


    BEITBRIDGE – The health sector at the port of entry in Beitbridge is on high alert following the death of a Zimbabwean cross border haulage truck driver from symptoms similar to Ebola on Sunday night.
    A report in the hands of The Mirror shows that Tinale Pingale who has been to DRC recently including Congo-Matanda mining town in the last 12 days was found unconscious at a truck stop 80km from Beitbridge. His colleagues took him to Beitbridge District Hospital where he died 9 hours later at 750pm.
    The report says while diagnosis of Ebola is not conclusive, necessary measures have been put in place "to control the possible infection of and our health structures and personnel are now on high alert. We are mobilising the necessary PPE and available resources".
    The Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa confirmed the incident and said that health officials are on high alert.
    He however, said Pigale had chronic disease including meningitis that is not linked to Ebola. He also said that the places which the deceased visited in the DRC have no Ebola.
    "Our health workers are on high alert at all border crossings screening travellers into the country especially those that are sick," said Parirenyatwa. 
    The report says that Pingale who is believed to be from Bindura continued to deteriorate after admission at the hospital at around 11am with his gums bleeding, high blood pressure fluids coming out and vomiting.
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    Health officials went on high alert after the death and Pingale's body was quarantined at the Beitbridge Hospital Mortuary. Health workers ensured that his bed, the linen and the ward in which he was admitted were disinfected.
    The Immigration Department has since been engaged and instructed to refer all travellers from DRC for screening at the border. 

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