Kenya announces a yellow fever epidemic after three people are killed in Isiolo.
According to a Ministry of Health announcement, Kenya has declared a yellow fever epidemic after Isiolo County in upper eastern Oregon reported additional cases.
Three people died and more than 20 were infected with the yellow fever virus in Imerti and Garbatulla Sub-counties in the previous month, according to a notification issued by the acting Director-General of Health, Dr Patrick Amoth.
According to the Ministry’s March 5 report, three of the six samples examined by the Kenya Medical Research Institute were positive, and a warning has subsequently been issued to all 47 counties. Counties surrounding Isiolo have been designated as high-risk.
Dr. Amoth said that the first case was discovered on January 12, and that 15 suspected instances have since been found, with symptoms including headache, fever, jaundice, muscle and joint problems.
The youngest patient is 11 years old, while the oldest is 65 years old. The majority of those infected are young male adults.
“This is therefore to raise an alert in all 47 counties, particularly the high-risk counties like Wajir, Garissa, Marsabit, Meru, Samburu, Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, West Pokot, and Turkana,” the statement states.