Kenya: Cholera Outbreak Kills Five in Mandera, 320 Others Infected

An article from AllAfrica
May 5, 2016
Five people have died after a cholera outbreak in Mandera County while 320 others have been infected.
Health executive Ahmed Sheikh linked the outbreak to poor hygiene and the ongoing heavy rains.
"We have noticed symptoms of cholera which is a normal infection and as we continue treating the patients they are getting better as we are giving them antibiotics and lots of fluids," he said.
Thirty patients are currently receiving treatment at Mandera County Referral Hospital's special ward.
He said diarrhoea is normally experienced in Mandera during rainy seasons as people tend to drink dirty water from rooftops.
A medical officer at the hospital who spoke to the Nation on condition of anonymity said the number of patients was increasing daily.
"We have just received 17 patients today alone and the isolation ward is full forcing us to set beds in the corridors to accommodate the increasing number," said the medical officer.
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