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30 avr. 2020 | 10h04 UTC

Kenya: Health officials declare cholera outbreak in Marsabit County April 30

Kenya Alerte de sécurité

Health Officials declare a cholera outbreak in Marsabit County as of April 30; further spread of the disease expected in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 30/4/2020, 12h00 until 30/5/2020, 11h59 (Africa/Nairobi). COUNTRY/REGION Kenya, Marsabit


Event Health officials have declared a cholera outbreak in Illeret Ward (Marsabit County) on Thursday, April 30, after at least 134 cases and seven associated deaths were confirmed in the county.

Further spread of the disease is to be anticipated in the coming weeks.


Cholera is typically spread via infected water supplies and induces acute diarrhea leading to severe dehydration, frequently resulting in death. The risk of death is greatest among people with compromised immune systems, such as malnourished children or those living with HIV. However, even among healthy adults, cholera can be fatal within a matter of hours.


Individuals in Kenya are advised to take preventative measures against the spread of disease, particularly cholera (e.g. drink bottled water, consume thoroughly cooked food, take vaccinations, etc.) and malaria (e.g. sleep with mosquito nets, take malaria medication, wear protective clothing during nighttime and dusk hours, etc.).


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