The Kenyan ministry of health has issued an alert over an outbreak of an unknown infectious disease in Kakamega county.

In a report issued by ministry of Health, Ag Director General Dr Patrick Amoth, the disease was first discovered in Mukumu Girls and Butere Boys high schools in March 15th, 627 patients across the county have been reported ill as a result of the infections,19 among them students, killing 4 people as of April 14th.

“The ministry of health has taken several water, food and human tissue samples and the laboratory results have shown Salmonella Typhi and Enterotoxigenic E Coli as the cause of the illnesses,” read part of the statement.

Comprehensive investigations are currently underway to determine the cause. Data analysed indicates that the disease seems to have started March 15.

The Ministry has conducted laboratory tests of suspected Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers (VHFS) like, Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), Marburg Virus Disease (MVD), Leptospirosis and Crimean- Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF), Dengue Fever, Rift Valley Fever (RVF) and West Nile Virus that turned negative.

“The disease presents itself with fever, abdominal pains, vomiting and diarrhoea,” the statement continued urging the residents around the area to remain vigilant and visit health centres for medical attention whenever they experience the symptoms.

The Ministry is conducting further analysis on other potential infections and will update the public.

The investigations in Kakamega were conducted after high-level visit of multi-agency team led by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, the Principal Secretary for the State department of basic Education, the Governor of Kakamega County, Western Regional Commissioner and the County Health, Education and Security teams.

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