By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

During the week ending October 13, officials in Kenya reported an additional 100 new suspected cases, with eighty-five percent of cases being reported from Nairobi and Wajir.

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Since the beginning of the year, Kenya has seen 4,476 cholera cases, including 37 deaths.

Twelve of the 47 Counties of Kenya reported cholera cases, namely: Embu, Garissa, Kajiado, Kisumu, Machakos, Makueni, Mandera, Mombasa, Nairobi, Narok, Turkana and Wajir Counties.

The outbreak remains active in six counties: Garissa, Kajiado, Kisumu, Mandera, Makueni, Nairobi and Wajir.

Cholera is a disease spread by drinking water or eating food contaminated with cholera bacteria. Severe cholera is characterized by large amounts of watery diarrhea, often described as “rice-water stool” because it can have a pale, milky appearance. It can also be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. If untreated, the loss of fluid can be deadly. But simple treatment, including replacing lost body fluids, can lower the risk of death to less than 1%.