Number of infections on the rise in the wake of another outbreak

Number of infections on the rise in the wake of another outbreak

Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Mutahi Kagwe | Courtesy of Ministry of Health

21 May, 2020

The country has been dealt another blow as a Cholera outbreak which started in Garissa and made its way to other counties has affected a confirmed number of 550 people, the Health CS, Hon Mutahi Kagwe disclosed.

Marsabit had reported 268 cases with 222 in Turkana.  A total of 13 individuals have died as a result of the Cholera disease with a large number of the deaths being children aged 10 years and below.

This announcement was made with the ministry also announcing that the country has recorded the highest number of infections to date with 80 new cases confirmed within the last 24 hours from a total of 3,102 samples tested.

The national tally now stands at 1,109 with the total samples tested being 52,507.

He said that Kenyan Nationals are 77 with 3 being Somali Nationals. In terms of gender, 53 are males and 27 female and age range being 6 months for the youngest and 66 years for the oldest.

The Health CS said that the cases were confirmed in Nairobi with 41, Mombasa 20, Siaya 7, Kwale 6, Garissa 3, Kajiado 2 and Taita Taveta 1.

The spread in Nairobi is in Kibra with 13, Westlands 9, Langata 5, Ruaraka 3, Embakasi West 2, Embakasi East 2, Kasarani 2, Starehe 2, Dagoretti North 2 and Dagoretti South 2. In Mombasa, Mvita has 6, Changamwe 3, Jomvu 5, Likoni 4 and Kisauni 2. In Siaya, all 7 cases are from Ugenya. Kwale’s cases are in Msambweni with 5 and Matuga 1. In Garissa, 2 of the cases are from Ifo Camp and 1 in Hagadera Camp.  In Kajiado, the cases are from Kajiado Central while in Taita Taveta the confirmed case is a truck driver.

The CS also announced that 9 more people were discharged from hospital bringing the total number of recoveries to 375. No fatalities have been recorded