Many Kenyans have been traumatized by the increased rate of the new kind of disease in the Arid areas like West Pokot. The ministry of health recently reported that the disease has inhabited almost 11 counties.
The disease by the name "Kala-Azar" has been identified to affect residents of the villages between Kenya and Uganda. In West Pokot, the disease has affected many residents. The disease is believed to be spread by a fly known as the "Sunfly" just like mosquitoes spread malaria.
The disease has been identified to have symptoms like high fever, vomiting and swelling of the stomach. The disease is said to spread mostly when their is no rains. Doctors have stated that it is costly to treat the disease with a bottle of the medicine costing an average of Ksh 25,000 to Ksh 30,000.
The disease is said to affect the liver, prostate gland and bones. Cases of the disease have been reported in the following regions of the country : Nakuru, Isiolo, Garissa, Wajir, West Pokot, Nyandarua, Marsabit, Kitui, Mandera, Baringo and Turkana. 1200 cases have been reported in the whole country.
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