Thirteen people have been hospitalised following a cholera outbreak in six counties.
Acting Director General of Health Dr. Patrick Amoth says that eight other people have been discharged and 40 others treated as outpatient.
Dr. Amoth says that at least 61 cases have been reported in the six counties.
“Out of 61 cases of cholera reported, 13 people are currently hospitalized while eight have been discharged with forty treated as outpatients. The National Public Health Microbiology Laboratory has isolated Vibrio cholera-01-Ogawa as the responsible serotype,” said Amoth.
Counties affected include, Nairobi County, Kiambu County, Muranga County, Kajiado County, Nakuru County and Uasin Gishu County.
Kiambu has the highest number with 31 cases, followed by Nairobi 17 cases and then Uasin Gishu with eight cases.
Murang’a, Kajiado and Nakuru Counties only have one and two cases respectively. The outbreak can be traced from a wedding ceremony that happened in Kiambu County.
“The outbreak whose origin can be traced to a wedding festival in Kiambu County has spread across Kiambu (31), Nairobi(17), Murang’a (1), Kajiado (2), Nakuru (2) & Uasin Gishu(8) counties,” said Amoth.