The visceral leishmaniasis, or kala-azar outbreak in Kenya has been continuous since 2020. A total of 2037 visceral leishmaniasis (suspected and confirmed) cases have been reported in Marsabit, Garissa, Kitui, Baringo, West Pokot, Mandera, ,Wajir and Isiolo Counties with a total of 10 deaths reported.
The outbreak is active in four counties, West Pokot County in Pokot North, Pokot south and West Pokot Sub Counties, Kitui county from Mwingi North and Mwingi Central Sub-counties ,Wajir County from Wajir East,west,South and Eldas sub counties and Isiolo County.
In the last week, twenty two (22) new cases were reported from West Pokot County.
Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease spread by the bite of an infected sandfly. The most common types of leishmaniasis are cutaneous and visceral. The cutaneous type causes skin sores, the visceral type affects internal organs such as the spleen, liver, and bone marrow.
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