Kenya Declares Yellow Fever Outbreak After Registering Three Deaths

Kenya Declares Yellow Fever Outbreak After Registering Three Deaths

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By Uganda Online Correspondent

Kenya has declared a yellow fever outbreak after Isiolo County, in upper eastern Oregon, reported new cases, a statement by the Ministry of Health revealed.

Three people have died while more than 20 people contracted the yellow fever virus in Imerti and Garbatulla Sub-counties in the last one month, the notice signed by acting Director-General of Health, Dr Patrick Amoth, said. 

In the March 5 report, the Ministry noted that out of the six samples that were tested by the Kenya Medical Research Institute, three of them turned positive and an alert has since been sent to all the 47 counties. Counties bordering Isiolo have been placed in the high-risk bracket.

Dr Amoth said the first case was detected on January 12 and since then, 15 suspected cases have been identified presenting with symptoms including headache, fever, jaundice, muscles and joint pains. 

Amongst the patients, the youngest is an 11-year-old while the oldest is 65. Young male adults are the majority of the infected.

“This is, therefore, to raise an alarm in all the 47 counties more so the high-risk counties including Wajir, Garissa, Marsabit, Meru, Samburu, Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, West Pokot and Turkana,” the statement added. 

The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito.

The Illness ranges from a fever with aches and pains to severe liver disease with bleeding and yellowing skin (jaundice).

Yellow fever infection is diagnosed based on laboratory testing, a person’s symptoms, and travel history. There is no medicine to treat or cure the infection but can be prevented through vaccination.

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