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5 killed in western Kenya Cholera outbreak

24 February 2016, 23:09

Nairobi - Five people have died while 50 others have been admitted to various hospitals following a cholera outbreak in Ugunja, Siaya County.

The Daily Nation reports that the outbreak, the first in the region since September last year, was first reported on Sunday at St Paul’s hospital.

Dr Samuel Owino Omondi, the county director of Health, on Wednesday said the number was likely to rise because more patients with cholera symptoms were being admitted. Three of the dead were children. 

“With the re-emergence of cholera in the region, we are calling upon the residents to observe cleanliness and avoid public eateries. If anyone wants to be safe from the disease, drink treated water and encourage the use of toilets,” he is quoted as saying.

He called upon residents to dig toilets and blamed them for aggravating the spread of the disease by keeping the dead for long before burial.

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The deaths in Siaya are not an isolated case.

The Star reported that in Meru earlier February, a number of food kiosks had been closed as a result of the outbreak.

Two people died in two weeks following the outbreak which was reported in Gatithini, Mukothima and Kithima areas along the Meru and Tharaka border.

Over 100 cholera-related cases have been reported in Gatithini, Mukothima and Marimanti areas.

Out of those received, 12 have been admitted in Gatithini, 12 in Marimanti, six in Mukothima and five in Kathangacini.

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