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article imageCholera outbreak kills at least 5 in Kenya, 663 confirmed cases

By Andrew Moran     Mar 22, 2010 in World
Nairobi - The outbreak in Kenya has killed at least five people in the northern region but there have been 663 confirmed cases across the country with the death toll expected to rise.
It has been announced by a senior health official in the area that an outbreak of cholera has killed at least five people in the northern region of Msambweni, Kenya, according to Press TV.
Msambweni, which is close to the coastal town of Mombasa, has been consistently experiencing water shortages and has forced residents to drink unclean water. In order to avoid further outbreak of cholera, government officials are traveling door to door distributing bottles of drinking water.
“People are just dying at their homes and this is sad. Many people cannot even get to the hospitals because they are far away,” said Ramadhan Kongo, a local villager.
According to All Africa, however, the outbreak of cholera has been ongoing since January with 663 confirmed cases in 15 districts across the country. In the eastern district of Tharaka, there have been approximately 127 confirmed cases of cholera since Mar. 7.
The Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation stated that at least 15 people have died in the last three months as of Mar. 19.
“We do not wish to raise the risk of more infection by transporting the sick to the referral district hospital; that is why we set up the temporary camp [close to] the most affected areas. We urgently need help... we are running out of antibiotics and intravenous fluid,” said Justus Kitilli, a Tharaka medical officer.
In 2009, there were at least 781 confirmed cholera cases with 274 deaths in the outbreak because of water shortages, drought, contaminated dry river beds and unsanitary conditions.
Mozambique is experiencing a similar but more dreadful situation as there have been more than 2,600 reported cholera cases and about 41 deaths in the northern and central regions of Mozambique because of the outbreak, reports Africa News.
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