Kenya's health ministry confirmed that since December last year, 216 people have died from an outbreak of cholera.
Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Health Nicholas Muraguri revealed the country registered a total of 13,299 cases across 28 countries, Xinhua reported.
He said that multiple peaks have been observed as the outbreak spreads to new countries since it was first reported in Nairobi, showing propagated transmission.
‘Cholera is an infectious disease due to intake of contaminated food or water and causes severe watery diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration and even death if untreated.’
He said a total of 259 new cases were reported in the last one week in various health facilities in parts of the country.
However, the official said that 16 counties so far have managed to successfully contain the outbreak of the disease. "Even though the disease continues being reported in some parts of the country, no death has been reported in the past one week," he said.
"There are 103 current admissions in North Eastern, Central and Western Kenya health facilities and they are expected to be discharged soon," Muraguri added.
The official said that the ministry has launched surveillance in the community to ensure new cases are timely detected and household water treatment supply and dosing of wells with chlorine is being undertaken.