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  • Updated: May 22, 2020

Cholera Outbreak KIlls 13

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The Kenyan health ministry announced that 13 people have died from cholera after some parts of the country experienced some heavy rainfall.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Mutahi Kagwe, said that the outbreak, with a strong presence in the northern part of the country, and a total of 550 cases, has medical workers working round the clock to battle the spread.

Kagwe said, “It is unfortunate that we have lost 13 Kenyans to the disease, 12 of them in Marsabit and one in Turkana,’’ Kagwe told journalists in Nairobi.

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“Regrettably, most of the case, 40 per cent and sadly, 70 per cent of the deaths too, have been among children aged 10 years and below."

It was also reported that the disease started from northeastern Kenya, moving to Wajir, Turkana, and Muranga in the central part of the country.

Kagwe is certain that with the increased intervention of the government, infection cases in the northern region, Marsabit and Turkana, will be under control within two weeks.

He said, “We believe that this is feasible, given the fact that the outbreak is currently localised to only two areas – Marsabit and Turkana.”

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