Skip to main content
February 21, 2018

Lamu fights to stop spread of chikungunya in villages

Witu health centre in Lamu.
Witu health centre in Lamu.

Cases of chikungunya virus have been reported in Lamu county.

Four people who tested positive for the Chikungunya virus are all from Tchundwa village, Lamu East.

Acting Health chief officer David Mulewa said blood samples from residents who had shown symptoms of chikungunya were sent to the Kenya Medical Research Institute early this month. Four tested positive. The symptoms included joint pain and high fever.

“Samples were from more than 10 individuals, but only four tested positive for the virus. We are doing the much we can to ensure the situation doesn’t escalate,” Mulewa said.

He said the Health department has launched massive awareness campaigns across the county to educate residents on how to avoid contracting the virus.

Residents in areas notorious for harbouring mosquitoes like Tchundwa and Witu have also been urged to clear stagnant water near their residences. Standing water provides a breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Health executive Raphael Munyua said the county has spraying insecticides in all villages in the county.

He said the health office is also distributing mosquito nets to all residents.


  • Thank you for participating in discussions on The Star, Kenya website. You are welcome to comment and debate issues, however take note that:
  • Comments that are abusive; defamatory; obscene; promote or incite violence, terrorism, illegal acts, hate speech, or hatred on the grounds of race, ethnicity, cultural identity, religious belief, disability, gender, identity or sexual orientation, or are otherwise objectionable in the Star’s  reasonable discretion shall not be tolerated and will be deleted.
  • Comments that contain unwarranted personal abuse will be deleted.
  • Strong personal criticism is acceptable if justified by facts and arguments.
  • Deviation from points of discussion may lead to deletion of comments.
  • Failure to adhere to this policy and guidelines may lead to blocking of offending users. Our moderator’s decision to block offending users is final.
Poll of the day