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Nakuru health officials says there is an outbreak of Influenza flu

12 April 2016, 16:18 Wilsahre

Nakuru - Nakuru county health officials have said preliminary laboratory findings have indicated there is likely influenza type A and B of flu in the county.

County executive for Health Kabii Mungai said that the illness is common among children below 5 years of age.

He said the symptoms among the patients are high fever, cough difficulty in breathing and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.

“Our preliminary findings have indicated that the illness is likely to be a influenza type A and B which can be mild, moderate or server,” he said.

Kabii said that the disease can be spread through coughing, sneezing, droplet and also shaking of the hands.

Speaking on Monday at Level five hospital in Nakuru town, Kabii maintained that more samples have been taken to Kemri and National Public Health for further investigations and confirmation.

He added that county health official are on the high alert and that an isolation ward has been setup at level five to handle all cases.

He said that his department is going to set up more isolation wards at each sub county administration office in case of any eventualities.

“We have isolation wards here at the level five and more will be set up at the each sub county level,” he said.

Kabii added that 39 children have been admitted at the Nakuru general hospital.

He added that a team from national health offices from Nairobi is in the county to ensure they eradicate the disease.

The health official also said that the county has adequate medicine to deal with the influenza disease and that the public should not be in a panic mood.

Kabii called upon the residents to observe personal hygiene especially washing hands after sneezing and using a handkerchief when coughing to cover the mouth.

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