At least 47 attendees at a recent scientific conference held at the Weston Hotel in Nairobi have been diagnosed with cholera. The announcement was made on Thursday, June 22. On-site testing is available and ambulances are on stand-by at the hotel.
Various other areas of the capital have been affected by cholera, a water-borne disease, in recent weeks. On May 18, the Nairobi County Health Executive issued a warning concerning ongoing outbreaks.
Heavy rain and subsequent flooding have affected a number of regions across the country, include Nairobi. Poor drainage systems, which exacerbate flooding, contribute to disease outbreaks such as cholera, which is endemic to the country. Kenya typically experiences a rainy season from late April until early June.
Cholera is an infectious disease caused by the Vibrio cholerae bacteria that can induce acute diarrhea and vomiting, and subsequent dehydration. The risk of death is greatest among people with low immunity, such as malnourished children or those living with HIV. However, even among healthy adults, cholera can be fatal within a matter of hours.
To reduce the risk of contracting cholera, wash hands regularly (particularly before meals), 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.