Kenya: Update on visceral leishmaniasis outbreak


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Visceral leishmaniasis, or kala azar outbreak in Kenya has been ongoing since 2020. A total of 2037 visceral leishmaniasis cases (suspected and confirmed) were reported in Marsabit, Garissa, Kitwe, Baringo, West Pokot, Mandira, Wajir and Izulu. Counties with a total of 10 reported deaths.

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The outbreak has occurred in four provinces, West Pokot North Pokot, South Pokot and West Pokot Sub-District, Kitui from Muengi North and Mwengi Central Sub-County, and Wajir East, West, South Wajir, Eldas Sub-County and Isiolo. boycott.

In the past week, twenty-two (22) new cases were reported from West Pokot County.

Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease spread by the bite of an infected sandfly. The most common types of leishmaniasis are cutaneous and visceral leishmaniasis. The cutaneous type causes skin ulcers, and the visceral type affects internal organs such as the spleen, liver, and bone marrow.

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