Kenya: Yellow fever outbreak in Isiolo and Garissa counties


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According to Kenya’s Ministry of Health, yellow fever outbreaks have been confirmed in two (2) counties – Isiolo and Garissa.

Suspected cases have been reported from ten other provinces (10), Samburu, Meru, Wajir, Nakuru, Mombasa, Nairobi, Tana River, Turkana, Trans Nzoia and Laikipia.

A total of 141 suspected cases have been reported, including three confirmed cases, nine presumptive positive cases and 11 (11) deaths (mortality rate of 7.8%).

Two new cases were reported from Mombasa and Isiolo. Straight. The date of the last appearance of the case was 3 October.

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Yellow fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic fever spread by the bites of infected mosquitoes.

Yellow fever symptoms (fever, chills, headache, backache, muscle aches) develop 3-6 days after infection. About 12% of people infected with the yellow fever virus develop severe illness that can lead to liver disease, bleeding, shock, organ failure, yellowing of the skin (jaundice), and sometimes death. Of those who become severely ill, 30-60% die.

There is no medicine to treat or cure the infection. To prevent yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.

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