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18 Apr 2019 | 11:35 AM UTC

Kenya: Dozens of cholera cases reported in Nairobi April 16

Kenya News Alert

Officials report at least 23 cases of cholera in Nairobi as of April 16, including at a city hospital; further spread of the disease possible in coming days

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/18/2019, 12:00 AM until 4/28/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Nairobi). COUNTRY/REGION Nairobi

Event

Officials have reported at least 23 cases of cholera in Nairobi as of Tuesday, April 16. Eight cases were reported at Nairobi Hospital and a total of at least 23 people are being treated for the disease. Further spread of the disease is possible in Nairobi in the coming days and weeks.

Context

A cholera outbreak began in Nairobi in March 20. Cholera is an infectious disease caused by the Vibrio cholerae bacterium that can induce acute diarrhea. The risk of death is greatest among people with compromised immune systems such as malnourished children. However, even among healthy adults, cholera can be fatal within a matter of hours.

Advice

To reduce the risk of contracting cholera, wash hands regularly, drink only bottled or purified water, and avoid eating raw or undercooked foods. Individuals who believe they may have contracted cholera should seek immediate medical attention.

 

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