Death toll from RVF rises to 5 in Wajir

Death toll from RVF rises to 5 in Wajir

- in Health, News

Death toll from Rift Valley Fever ravaging parts of north-eastern Kenya has risen to five.

This is after one more person succumbed to the disease on Sunday in Wajir County.

Seven other patients are currently admitted to various hospitals in the border county with the disease that is now threatening to spread to other areas of the country.

Wajir County health executive Abdihakim Billow, who confirmed the death, on Monday said they had put in place several measures to stop the infection from spreading further.

This comes after Mandera and Garissa counties issued an alert over the spread of the fever that kills human beings and livestock.

Last week, Wajir county government banned meat and milk consumption in Eldas and Wajir West sub-counties.

Mr Billow said the ban has now been extended to the whole county after the rise in human and livestock deaths.

In the latest directive, slaughtering of animals and  and consumption of animal products will not be allowed  in the county for the next nine days.

The temporary ban, which took effect on June 11, is expected to end on June 21, according to the county health department.

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