The Kenya Ministry of Health issued a communication to all County Directors of Health on a multicounty cholera outbreak on October 19.
The first cases of Vibrio cholerae -01 Ogawa serotype were detected following a wedding festival that was held in Limuru sub-county, Kiambu County October 8, 2022. Additional cases have been linked to another function that was help on October 29, 2022 along Kiambu road. The date of onset for the first cases is October 8 October. Since then, the outbreak has further spread to other countries.
Nine counties have been affected: Garissa, Kajiado, Kiambu, Machakos, Meru, Muranga, Nakuru, Nairobi and Uasin Gishu. The outbreak is currently active in seven counties and been controlled in Nakuru and Uasin Gishu Counties.
As of 13 November 2022, a total of 568 cases with 281 confirmed (48 cases by culture and 233 by rapid diagnostic test) and 15 deaths (CFR = 2.6%), have been reported so far, according to the World Health Organization.
This is the second cholera outbreak to be declared in almost one month this year for Kenya. Some counties like Nairobi and Kiambu were also hit by the previous cholera outbreak, the possible epidemiological link between the two outbreaks need to be investigated.
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