From MARIA MACHARIA
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – KENYA is experiencing a multiple outbreak of diseases to worsen the woes of the East African country already experiencing devastating drought and severe flooding.
The outbreaks of anthrax, cholera, dengue fever and measles have been reported around the country in recent days.
Cholera has emerged the deadliest outbreaks with over 300 cases and ten deaths have been reported, mostly in the coastal Tana River County.
The dengue fever is afflicting the coastal cities of Kilifi, Kwale and Mombasa as well as the northern Wajir and the capital Nairobi where 474 cases have been reported overall.
Eight cases of anthrax have also been reported in the central Kiambu County.
Investigations are ongoing into the dengue and anthrax outbreaks.
A total of 14 confirmed measles cases have been reported since the outbreak in end February.
The Ministry of Health stated the country is also on alert for Ebola Virus Disease due to a resurgent outbreak in a remote location of the Democratic Republic Congo, where four people have been killed in recent weeks.
The country has since the beginning of the year gripped by severe acute malnutrition affecting thousands of children.
Recent floods have left 26 people dead and displaced over 24 000 in the west and central regions.
The collapse and submersion of schools and household latrines in the Dadaab refugee camps, which host over 91 000 people, are posing a serious threat to the escalation of the ongoing cholera outbreak.
– CAJ News