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In a follow-up on the dengue fever outbreak in Mombasa County, Kenya, the International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies reports 1,210 cumulative cases in Mombasa County as of August 20.

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The following constituencies and divisions have reported cases within Mombasa County–Mvita leading with 287 cases, Likoni 221, Jomvu 210, Changamwe 199, Nyali 163, Kisauni 112, and 18 cases from other regional Counties of Kilifi, Lamu, Tana River, and Taita Taveta.

According to the County department of health in Mombasa, the first Dengue cases were reported in early March 2021 with 24 cases testing positive out of 47 (51% positivity rate). In April, another 305 cases tested positive out of 315 (97% positivity rate). Lamu County has also reported a total of 224 positive cases from different health facilities where 59 are children under 5 years old. Shella ward has reported highest number of 159 both under 5 and over 5. The first case was reported in January and peak reported in March with more cases being reported to date. The trend is hardly a reflection of the true situation in the County since people who suffer the milder form of the disease do not seek medical attention.