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August 21, 2018

Death toll from Rift Valley Fever rises to six

A camel herd digs into the morning helpings of fruit and vegetable waste thrown away by traders at Githurai market on the fringes of Nairobi. /REUTERS
A camel herd digs into the morning helpings of fruit and vegetable waste thrown away by traders at Githurai market on the fringes of Nairobi. /REUTERS

The death toll from case of Rift Valley Fever in Wajir has risen to six after one more person died while receiving treatment.

At least 10 cases have been confirmed within the area.

The first case was reported on June 4 after two relatives were referred to a local hospital with high fever and bleeding from the mouth.

One of the patients died the same day of their admission, as situation that has seen the government create a task force in order to reduce new incidences and prevent more deaths.

The team comprises of members from both the national and county government.

Obadiah Njagi, director of veterinary services, warned locals against handling meat that has not been inspected.

"To aid in early detection and response, in the event of an outbreak, all reports of sudden deaths and abortions of livestock should be reported to the nearest veterinary office or any other office," Njagi said in a statement on Wednesday. 

He added: "It is highly advised that all persons who experience fever of unknown origin should also report to the nearest health facility immediately."

Read: Counties on high alert as Rift Valley Fever kills four

Rift Valley Fever is a viral disease that primarily affects animals but also has the capacity to infect humans.

The disease results in significant economic losses due to death and abortion among RVF-infected livestock, especially among camels and goats.

Some of the symptoms associated with the fever are high fever, bleeding gums, body weakness among others.

On June 13, the government banned the consumption of meat that had not been inspected.

Locals objected to the ban on grounds that they depend on their livestock to feed their family.

According to WHO, the current outbreak has ecological and subregional geographical connotations.

Livestock population movements are high in the subregion, including cattle raiding activity between Uganda-Kenya-South Sudan.

"The ongoing heavy rains and flooding in Kenya and other countries in East Africa) have also resulted in increased vector density. These factors could contribute to further spread of the disease in the sub region." 

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