The Kenya Ministry of Health reported this week on the outbreak situation in several counties throughout the country in 2018 to date to include cholera, measles, chikungunya and Rift Valley fever (RVF).
A total of 4,954 cholera cases had been reported since the beginning of the year, including 75 deaths. Nineteen counties have been affected–Mombasa, Garissa, Siaya, Tharaka-Nithi, Meru, Kirinyaga, Busia, Tana River, Turkana, Murang’a, Trans Nzoia, West Pokot, Nairobi, Nakuru, Isiolo, Machakos, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Kiambu and Kilifi.
Outbreaks were reported in Wajir and Mandera counties in February with 39 and 103 cases recorded, respectively. The outbreaks have since been contained.
Outbreaks of this mosquito borne viral disease have been reported from three counties: Mombasa (1302), Lamu (199) and Kilifi (7). These outbreaks have also since been contained.
Rift Valley fever (RVF)
The RVF fever outbreak in Kenya was confirmed on June 7 in humans. A total of 15 cases, including five deaths have been reported from Wajir, Eldas and Wajir sub-counties.
A number of intervention measures are ongoing to include the set-up of four isolation centers and integrated vector control measures targeting mosquitoes, among others.
- Missouri officials investigate possible Bourbon virus case in St. Louis County
- Paraguay is certified malaria-free: First South American country to eradicate the disease
- Okinawa declares end to measles outbreak
- Nigerian cholera outbreak may spread into Cameroon, says WHO
- Hepatitis A: CDC received 2,500 reports since 2017
- DR Congo gets two new mobile testing units for TB
- Norway donates Epi-Shuttle patient isolation units to DRC Ebola response
- New Mexico investigates suspect wound botulism case due to black tar heroin injection