Cholera is an acute diarrheal infection caused by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.
Cholera remains a global threat to public health and an indicator of inequity and lack of social development.
Cholera affects both children and adults and can kill within hours if left untreated. Unlike other diseases, cholera is declared an outbreak when one case is reported.
Some of the symptoms are a sudden onset of diarrhea which can be quite acute and can quickly dehydrate the body if not quickly treated Patients also experience a dry mouth and as a result others include vomiting and nausea.
The rapid loss of body fluids can lead to kidney damage and eventual death in extreme cases some death occur within four hours of the onset of the symptoms
The latest case was reported at Homabay County where a 7- year old child succumbed to death as other 73 people fall ill. As the County government was working to contain the disease, which was first reported last week.
According to the latest data from the Ministry Of Health (MOH) by the end of March 2023, at least 7,800 cases and 122 deaths across the country, and 1,196 of those patients were from Nairobi County.
This year February, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) launched an oral cholera vaccine in the