Kenya issues warning against outbreak of four diseases


Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) medical staff wearing protective clothing treat the body of an Ebola victim at their facility in Kailahun, 14 August, 2014. The World Health Organization announced on January 14, 2016 that the Ebola epidemic was over.

JOHANNESBURG – Several counties in Kenya are on high alert, with the country’s health ministry issuing a warning against the outbreak of four diseases.

Director of medical services Jackson Kioko said four epidemics of cholera, measles, chikungunya and Rift Valley fever had been reported since January, the Daily Nation reported on Wednesday.

A total of 4,954 cholera cases had been reported since the beginning of the year, and 75 deaths had been reported out of them.

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The affected counties are Mombasa, Garissa, Siaya, Tharaka-Nithi, Meru, Kirinyaga, Busia, Tana River, Turkana, Murang’a, Trans Nzoia, West Pokot, Nairobi, Nakuru, Isiolo, Machakos, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Kiambu and Kilifi.

A national disease outbreak task force has been appointed by Nairobi and the health ministry is working in conjunction with the county authorities to contain the epidemics.