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Friday, September 3, 2010

Kenya : Cholera deaths in Western Kenya hit eight

An article from Africa News :

" The death toll from cholera outbreak in Migori and Kuria West district about five hundred kilometers west of Nairobi has now hit eight after three more people succumbed to the disease.

According to the Nyanza Provincial Director of Medical Services Dr. Ojwang Lusi whose province covers the two districts, 146 people had since been treated and discharged while another eighty were still receiving treatment in various hospitals and health facilities within the region.

“The Ministry is doing all it can to make sure that it contains the disease” He said adding that already, a number of health officials had been sent to the worse affected areas.

The disease, which broke out two weeks ago in Kuria West district along the Kenyan Tanzania border has been blamed on lack of clean drinking water as well as lack of toilets in the region. Among those who have died include an elderly Tanzanian national.

And following the outbreak, Tanzanian health officials have been put on high alert at the border point between them and Kenya to stop the disease from spreading into the country."

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