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BY KORIR JUMA,CORRESPONDENT,7TH MARCH 2018– H1N1 Prototype 9 Influenza virus has been reported among some patients who sought treatment for severe flu in various health centers in Laikipia county.
Laikipia County Director of Health and Sanitation Dr Donald Moghoi has confirmed the cases saying that in the last two weeks patients have been seeking services with high fever, dry cough, sore throat and general body weakness which are signs of the virus.
According to Moghoi though some cases are mild and once treated, patients are allowed to go home noting that they suspected the H1N1 Prototype 9 virus and took samples to the government laboratories and the results were affirmative from two of them.
Samples taken from patients at the Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital were confirmed to have the virus.
Moghoi has however saught to assure that public that there was no need for panic as the hospitals and all health facilities are ready to deal with any eventualities.
He urged those with such symptoms to go for medical check-up noting that there was enough medication to control and take care of the patients.
He noted that the disease affects all people across the board but can be severe among children and the aged because of a poor immune system.
The hospital is handling large numbers of cases a day approximated at about 65 .
The disease is mainly airborne which means it is spread through air and body contact, people should be wary of coughing etiquette, washing hands after greetings among other general hygiene.
Hospitals in the region and the neighbouring areas are on a high alert.