Nairobi county govt issues Cholera outbreak alert

Nairobi county govt issues Cholera outbreak alert

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BY  NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,18TH MAY 2017- Nairobi County  residents have been put on high alert following an incident where  five people were have been admitted in Nairobi Hospital with symptoms.

Health County Executive Bernard Muiya  who confirmed the outbreak on Thursday  18th May 2017 said  that they may have contracted the deadly pathogen from their kin who had travelled from Western Kenya to attend a wedding in Karen.

He stated that six surveillance centres within the county have since been reactivated and revealed that symptoms to look out for include diarrhoea, vomiting and lack of appetite.

“Yes, we have an outbreak of cholera in Nairobi County and we have five cases which have been laboratory confirmed. Presentation of this condition is so classic. What happens is that somebody would present with effortless diarrhoea and vomiting,” he said.

“If you do not take fluids, it can lead to death very fast because of loosing water,” he stated.

He encouraged Nairobi residents to always boil drinking water and ensure any food eaten is clean and prepared with the highest hygienic standards.

“The most important thing is to Nairobi residents. They should not just take water which is not boiled or treated. Cholera is like consumption of infected human waste because the minimum dose of these bacteria to cause disease is very huge,” he stated.

 Muiya revealed that the last outbreak of cholera in the county was one and a half years ago.He encouraged those who may show the symptoms to seek medical attention immediately.
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