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One dead, four hospitalized in new cholera outbreak

23 July 2015, 10:32 Joseph Njung'eh

Nairobi - New cases of cholera have been reported in Murang’a County, even as the county government heightens campaigns to eradicate it.

The outbreak that has affected several areas in Kiharu Constituency, has left one child dead and four people admitted in hospital.

The County director of health, Winnie Wambui, said lack of clean water and food hawking are the major contributors to the new cholera infections.

She also cited a case whereby one person diagnosed with cholera escaped from hospital and went hiding in his home where he infected another member of the family.

Wambui said that the disease could spread further if residents do not take precautionary measures, which include using treated or boiled water for drinking and for other domestic chores.

She said that chlorine is available at public health facilities for free to those who cannot afford it.

She warned people who use water directly from Mathioya River of possible contamination with the cholera bacteria since a woman who had been discharged from hospital after been treated of the disease was found washing her soiled clothes in the river.

Apart from carrying out public awareness campaigns in the affected areas, the health department is also distributing chlorine for water treatment.

The director also warned that those who will be found doing laundry at water sources will be prosecuted.

She urged residents to be on the lookout for cholera symptoms and rush to the nearest dispensary if they see any signs.  

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