(Xinhua) -- Kenya’s health authorities on
Tuesday confirmed the death of 75 people from cholera in
the past five months.
Jackson Kioko, the director of medical
services in the ministry of health, said that 4,954
people had been infected with the disease that was first
reported in the country in January.
“Nineteen counties have been affected,
nine of these counties have managed to successfully
contain the outbreak while 10 counties currently
continue to report new cases of cholera on a daily
basis,” Kioko said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
He said that in response to the
outbreak, the ministry has provided laboratory support
by distributing testing kits and testing of referred
samples at The National Public Health Laboratories,
conducting risk communication through issuance of alerts
and enhancing surveillance through active case search in
health facilities and within communities.
Kioko said that the government
continues to provide technical and logistical support to
the affected regions.