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Thursday, 22 Jun 2017 16:29 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Panic has gripped visitors at Weston Hotel in Nairobi after an outbreak of Cholera was reported there today where a number of guests, including doctors, are attending a science conference.
The number of those confirmed affected by the disease could however not be authenticated with reports that out of the 400 guests in attendance at the conference, 60 were rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital and other 10 critically ill and had since been admitted at the Nairobi Hospital.
Dr George Nyale, chairman of the conference, confirmed the outbreak, saying there is no cause for alarm. The Kenya International Scientific Lung Health Conference is organised by the Ministry of Health. It began on Tuesday and is scheduled to end on Friday.
Nairobi County government health official, Bernard Muia, said the guests started experiencing symptoms similar to those of cholera such as vomiting and intense diarrhoea. Last month, five cases of cholera were reported and clinically confirmed and the victims admitted at the Nairobi hospital for treatment.
Mr Muia said then that the disease came from travellers who came to Nairobi from vihiga and were attending a wedding in Karen area. "The index case according to our disease surveillance team is the Karen wedding where the patients and a number of other people had travelled for a wedding. It is presumed that they spread the disease to city residents but we are putting measures in place to avoid the disease from spreading any further," Muia had said.
He denied claims that the disease could have been spread by food handlers at the wedding, saying that the county had put strict measures in place to ensure for hygiene. The workers, who catered for a wedding in Karen, were later tested, found negative and discharged.
The Ministry of Health had also issued a statement saying that 146 cholera cases, including four deaths, had been reported across the Country as at May 21. Director of Medical Services Jackson Kioko said Garissa had registered 88 cases, Nairobi 29 cases with one death, Vihiga 15 cases with two deaths, Mombasa two cases, Murang'a 11 cases with one death, and one death in Kiambu.
Cholera is a disease caused by the consumption of contaminated food or water and is most common in places with poor sanitation such as informal settlements. Symptoms of the disease include Diarrhoea which comes on suddenly and may quickly cause dangerous fluid loss as much as one litre per hour, nausea and vomiting which may persist for hours at times and general weakness of the body.
Dehydration is also a symptom of the disease. These symptoms develop within a few days of infection, although they can sometimes occur after just a few hours. More than 50 people attending a science conference at Weston Hotel have been infected with cholera.
Preliminary investigations blamed the cholera outbreak on poor sanitation at the hotel owned by deputy president William Ruto.