Kenya news: Cholera cases at Nairobi Hospital rise to 52

Kenya news: Cholera cases at Nairobi Hospital rise to 52The affected employees work at the Nairobi Hospital's staff canteen which was closed. The hospital's management had denied a cholera outbreak at its facility. Nairobi county was put on high alert as county health officials warned of the epidemic.

Fresh new cases of cholera infections have been reported again at the Nairobi Hospital sparking more panic, TUKO Kenya reports.

This is despite an earlier statement by the hospital denying the existence of the infectious disease in its premises as reports indicated one staff reportedly succumbed as seven others were admitted.

"There is an upsurge of cholera cases in Nairobi county. We have had several cases admitted in our hospital. Unfortunately, we had eight staff affected. There is no cholera outbreak in the Nairobi Hospital," the administration stated earlier."

The hospital through its communication officer confirmed all workers who were on duty on Tuesday, April 16, when 23 cases were reported have been tested, the Nation reported.

Most of the victims work at the catering department where they offer services at the staff cafeteria which was closed indefinitely.

Cholera is an acute diarrheal illness caused by infection of the intestine with the toxigenic bacterium.

Centre for Disease Control estimates 2.9 million cases and 95,000 deaths each year around the world.

Key symptoms are diarrhoea and dehydration.



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