10 admitted in suspected cholera outbreak in Rongai

September 3, 2017 10:16 AM

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10 admitted in suspected cholera outbreak in Rongai

10 police officers are hospitalised in Rongai after showing cholera symptoms.

Health Officials on Sunday said the officers were part of a team that was camping at the Multimedia University.

The victims started to complain of stomach pain and diarrhea before they were rushed to Sinai Hospital where they are admitted.

Nairobi governor Sunday in a statement confirmed the incident saying the oficers are quarantined at the hospital awaiting confirmatory tests.

“Ten adults housed at the Multimedia University were yesterday taken ill with severe abdominal upset and diarrhea, and are currently admitted at Sinai Hospital in Rongai, Kajiado County. Rapid diagnostic tests for cholera have been done on the ten and found positive. All are quarantined at the said hospital awaiting confirmatory tests”, he said.

The governor said they have dispatched a disease surveillance team, public health officers and health promotion officers to the sites to investigate the causes of the outbreak and also the state of the sick.

“So far there is no cause for alarm as the situation is under control. I will be sharing with you updates,” he assured.

Cholera outbreak has been reported in 12 counties with Nairobi and Garissa the worst hit.

On June 4, several guests and Cabinet Secretaries Henry Rotich and Adan Mohammed attending a conference in Nairobi were admitted in suspected case of Cholera.

The Ministry of Health however denied the claims that anyone had contracted the disease, with the Cabinet Secretary for Health Cleopa Mailu saying tests indicated food poisoning.

Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholera.

Most of those infected will have no or mild symptoms but, in severe cases, the disease can kill within hours if left untreated.

Dehydration may lead to a rapid loss of minerals in your blood (electrolytes) that maintain the balance of fluids in your body. This is called an electrolyte imbalance.

Source: kbc.co.ke

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