Ebola, cholera - avoid touching, wash hands

In Summary

• Over 60 people have been infected with cholera in Kiambu, Nairobi, Nakuru and other counties.

• Around 60 people have been infected with ebola in western Uganda and 24 have died

Abandoned roadworks at Mukuru Kayaba pose the residents a risk to communicable diseases.
Abandoned roadworks at Mukuru Kayaba pose the residents a risk to communicable diseases.
Image: Charlene Malwa

There is a serious outbreak of cholera in greater Nairobi and central Kenya. Meanwhile Ugandan is struggling to contain ebola in Mubende.

Both cholera and ebola are very dangerous. Cholera is a bacterial water-borne disease that is highly infectious but that can easily be cured with the right antibiotics. Ebola is a hemorrhagic disease (that causes bleeding) that is less infectious but more deadly than cholera.


Clinical officers are worried about the lack of preparation over possible ebola cases in counties neighbouring Uganda. But in reality the risk from cholera is much greater.

Ebola is restricted to a limited area of western Uganda and has not reached eastern Uganda. Ebola makes people obviously sick and can only spread by physical touch. Cholera, while less deadly, can spread by touch and through contaminated water.

But it is relatively easy to protect ourselves from both ebola and cholera. Don't shake hands or touch people until the outbreak is over. Make certain you only drink boiled water and eat at home.

Informal settlements often lack clean potable water. At this time, county governments need to work extra hard to ensure that everyone has access to clean water.

Quote of the day: "Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits."

Thomas Edison 
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