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Marsabit: Four killed following deadly Kala-azar outbreak
Erick Kombo Ndubi|April. 13, 2019
- Among the deceased were three children and an elderly person
- Over 44 cases of the disease have been reported in the county with 21 people being admitted in hospital
- The famine situation in the county contributed greatly to the disease
A little known deadly disease identified as Kala-azar has killed four people and at least 21 others hospitalised in Marsabit county.
Among the deceased were three children and an elderly person who were receiving treatment at the Marsabit County Referral Hospital.
Confirming the deaths, Marsabit County Executive Committee (CEC) for Health Jama Wolde said already 44 people have been infected with the disease since it's outbreak in March.
Out of the 44 cases, seven people have since been treated and discharged while three are hospitalised and are responding well to treatment.
The disease is normally characterised by weight loss, fever, anaemia and the enlargement of the liver and spleen.
Wolde said the current drought situation in Marsabit has contributed greatly to the high cases of the diseases with the weaker becoming more vulnerable.
According to World Health Organisation (WHO), if the disease is not treated, the fatality rate in developing countries can be as high as 100% within two years.
Among the most affected regions in the county include the villages of Log logo, Korr and Laisamis.
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