In portions of Isiolo, Kenya, a yellow fever outbreak has been reported, with three persons succumbing to the sickness. According to the Ministry of Health, fifteen more patients are exhibiting symptoms of the disease but have yet to be examined and identified. The instances were reported in Merti and Grabatulla sub-counties, according to a letter from Health Director-General Patrick Amoth to Health County Executives around the country. Fever, jaundice, muscle and joint discomfort were among the fifteen suspected patients’ symptoms.
“The youngest is eleven years old, and the oldest is 65.” Males are the most afflicted, despite the fact that the majority are young adults. Unfortunately, three people have died so far. Three of the six samples tested at KEMRI were positive after serology (Immunoglobulin M) and PCR, according to Amoth. Wajir, Garissa, Marsabit, Meru, Samburu, Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, West Pokot, and Turkana have been designated as high-risk counties, with the Ministry planning Yellow Fever vaccination campaigns in Isiolo and other high-risk areas.
“The ministry will also send a rapid response team to Isiolo and neighboring counties to assess the outbreak’s magnitude and scope, identify at-risk populations, conduct a risk assessment, launch risk communication and community engagement activities, and implement integrated vector control measures,” Amoth said. He noted that while there is no specific antiviral medicine treatment for yellow fever, the disease can be avoided with proper vaccination. He stated that “a single dosage of the vaccine is successful in conferring persistent immunity and lifelong protection against the disease.” The first outbreak of yellow fever in Kenya occurred in the south Kerio Valley, Rift Valley Province, from mid-1992 to March 1993.
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