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Panic grips Nakuru County after mysterious disease kills at least 23 children

11 April 2016, 12:01

Nakuru - A mysterious disease has claimed lives of at least 23 infants in Nakuru and Baringo counties in the last four weeks.

Area Senator, James Mungai has called for the intervention of the Ministry of Health to address the issue.

The disease, which is exhibiting symptoms such as high fever, coughing, body weakness and sweating was initially thought to be viral pneumonia but tests by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) turned negative.

Read Also: Cholera outbreak: 216 deaths confirmed, 259 new cases reported

Mungai has said that 215 cases have so far been confirmed, with babies aged between one day and 11 months being the most affected.

KEMRI officers have already started investigating the cases, Daily Nation reports.

This is not the first pandemic to be reported in the County.

Last year, reports indicated that over 60 people died from cholera outbreak due to poor hygiene and improper sewerage.

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