Mombasa put on Cholera high alert

A Mombasa garbage truck. Mombasa is among the counties that have been put on Cholera high alert PHOTO COURTESY

Mombasa is among the counties that have put on high alert over a possible Cholera outbreak.

According to a report from the Ministry of health, 4961 cases of Cholera have been confirmed since the year began.

Other counties that have been put on high alert include:

Narok, Kajiado, Nairobi, Garissa, Mandera, Machakos, Embu, Wajir, Turkana, Makueni and Kisumu.

“The outbreak is active Nairobi, Garissa, Mandera and Turkana, while the others have reportedly managed to control it.” Reads the report  by the Ministry of health.

Over the weekend, three new cases of Cholera were confirmed in Kirinyaga county.

Five food outlets have since been shut down following the latest outbreak that has been blamed on floods and poor hygiene.

“A total of 358 close contacts to the sick have been traced and given Chemoprophlaxis (drugs for prevention of cholera infection as a preventive measure” Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru said over the weekend.

The last time, Mombasa recorded a cholera outbreak was in 2017 when three people who included : a man, a mother and her baby succumbed to the disease in Likoni sub-county.