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According to the Kenya Ministry of Health, an outbreak of yellow fever was confirmed in two (2) counties– Isiolo and Garissa.

Suspected cases have been reported from other ten (10) counties, Samburu, Meru, Wajir, Nakuru, Mombasa, Nairobi, Tana River , Turkana, Trans-Nzoia and Laikipia.

A total of 141 suspected cases, including three confirmed cases, nine presumptive positives and eleven (11) deaths have been reported (CFR of 7.8%).

Two new cases were reported form Mombasa and Isiolo. respectively. Last case date of onset was on October 3.

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Yellow fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic fever that is spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes.

Symptoms of yellow fever (fever, chills, headache, backache, and muscle aches) develop 3-6 days after infection. About 12% of people infected with yellow fever virus will develop severe illness that can lead to liver disease, bleeding, shock, organ failure, yellowing skin (jaundice), and sometimes death. Among those who develop severe disease, 30-60% die.

There is no medicine to treat or cure infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.