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Yellow fever outbreak reported in Isiolo

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has confirmed an outbreak of yellow fever in the country in parts of Isiolo with three people having succumbed to the disease.

The yellow fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitos.

MoH has reported that about 15 patients so far have been diagnosed with symptoms of fever, jaundice, muscle and joint pains which are synonymous with the illness.

“The youngest being eleven years while the oldest being 65 years. While majority are young adults, males are most affected. Sadly, we have recorded three deaths so far. Out of the six samples analysed at KEMRI, three turned positive through serology (Immunoglobulin M) and PCR,” Amoth stated.

“The Ministry has put in place a national incident management structure to manage the outbreak and is developing a response plan to deploy a rapid response team to Isiolo to establish the magnitude and extent of the outbreak and determine at-risk population.”

Wajir, Garissa, Marsabit, Meru, Samburu, Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, West Pokot and Turkana have also been identified as counties with high risk of recording similar outbreak.

“The ministry will also deploy a rapid response team to Isiolo and neighboring counties to establish the magnitude and extent of the outbreak, determine at-risk populations, conduct a risk assessment, initiate risk communication and community engagement activities, and to implement integrated vector control measures,” MoH statement read.

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