The government through the Ministry of Health has reported that there is presence of yellow fever in the country. According to reports, the first case of yellow fever was reported in Merti and Garbartula Sub-counties in Isiolo County.The first case was reported on January 12th 2022 up to date. 15 patients with fever, jaundice, muscle pains and joint have been line listed; the youngest being 11 year while the oldest one is 65 years old. The majority are mainly children but male adults are the ones who are badly affected. Sadly, three people have already died so far.
Six samples were presented to KEMRI and 4 out of the six tested positive for Yellow Fever. Therefore, the government has raised an alert to the 47 counties warning them about the infection. They have also given out counties that are prone to such infections which include; Wajir, Marsabit, Elgeiyo Marakwet, Meru, Baringo, Samburu, West Pokot and Turkana.
The national government together with partners are currently mobilizing resources that will help them to support response activities. High risk counties have also been urged to mobilize resources to support response and prevention activities. The national government is also planning to conduct Yellow Fever vaccination in all the counties that are at high risk of being affected.
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