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Saturday, August 19, 2017

CSs Rotich, Adan Mohamed admitted after reports of cholera outbreak

"A similar case was reported at Weston Hotel in Nairobi in June." /FILE
"A similar case was reported at Weston Hotel in Nairobi in June." /FILE

Cabinet Secretaries Henry Rotich (Treasury) and Adan Mohammed (Industrialisation) are among at least 70 patients admitted at Nairobi hospitals with what may be cholera.

The two are at Nairobi Hospital where doctors are observing them.

A highly-placed source at the hospital said Rotich was rushed there at midday on Friday after reporting he had diarrhoea.

He and his personal assistant did not answer calls for comment on the report.

A cholera outbreak was reported at the KICC in Nairobi, reports indicating majority of those attending a trade forum, including the CSs, got infected.

Also admitted at Nairobi Hospital is NTV journalist Robert Gichira who was covering the expo that kicked off on Wednesday.

Kenyatta National Hospital spokesman Simon Ithai told The Star several people are admitted there with the disease but could not confirm where the cases were initially reported.

"We are working on a detailed report to know the origin of the cases," he said.

A similar case was reported at Weston Hotel in Nairobi in June.

Sick doctors posted on social media laboratory results showing they tested positive for cholera. They possibly contracted the disease at the hotel where they had been attending a week-long health conference.

Read: Doctors confirm Weston Hotel case is cholera, 'disgusted' by ministry's denial

EDITOR'S NOTE

In an earlier version of this story, we inadvertently reported that there were reports that some Jacaranda Hotel workers had been affected by the suspected Cholera outbreak. It has come to our attention that none of the hotel's staff members were at the trade forum at KICC and the hotel was not catering at the event. We would like to clarify that no Jacaranda Hotel workers were affected by or infected with the suspected Cholera outbreak. We apologise to Jacaranda Hotel for any harm and embarrassment caused by the earlier version of the story.

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