Kenya issues alert after cholera kills 60

Kenya issues alert after cholera kills 60

NAIROBI, April 10, 2008 (AFP) – Kenya on Thursday issued a cholera outbreak alert after the disease killed 60 people in recent weeks, compounding a health nightmare in the country reeling from months of political violence.

Kenya’s Director of Medical Services James Nyikal said the outbreak had occurred in 16 districts in the western region, most of which were affected by violence spurred by disputed elections in December.

“So far, there have been 1,217 cases of the disease and 59 deaths reported. Most of the deaths occurred at home or on their way to hospital,” he told a press conference here. One more death was reported in the Rift Valley town of Naivasha early Thursday. Continue reading