Fact Check: Jakadala sexually transmitted disease a myth

Migori County Health Executive Dr Iscar Oluoch: Jakadala is a myth. [Standard]
There is no sexually transmitted infection (STI) known as Jakadala in Migori County, Standard Digital can report.

The Migori County Health Executive Dr Iscar Oluoch has clarified that there is no outbreak of any STI in the county. 

This week, sections of the media had reported an outbreak of a "deadly STI" known as Jakadala in Migori that was killing people in less than a week. Ironically, the same reports claimed that no deaths have been reported. 

STIs are passed through sexual contact. According to the World Health Organisation, most people STIs do not have any symptoms and are not aware of their ability to infect others.  

"Rumours about the new STI gained traction after a patient suffering from penile cancer was admitted in Migori County Referral Hospital. The patient has had the disease for the past five years," she clarified. The man has been suffering from penile cancer for four years. 

Some villagers claim Jakadala is so lethal, it kills in one week if not managed in time.

Dr Oluoch says her officers are on the ground after word went round that at least five people were suffering from the "disease" referred to a Jakadala.

Rumour mills caused panic around Nyarombo gold mines, Komito mines in Rongo sub-county, Suna and Nyatike.

According to John Oywa, the Standard Group's Kisumu Bureau Chief, Jakadala in the local Luo dialect means a person from the area. Talented people are also likely to be referred by the moniker.

Medical experts say the only way to know if a person has an STI is to get tested. 

About penile cancer

This is a disease where cancer cells form in the tissues of the penis. It may begin as a blister on the foreskin, head or shaft of the penis. It may become a wart-like growth that discharges blood or a foul-smelling liquid. Surgery is the most common treatment for all stages of penile cancer. Other options include radiation and chemotherapy.

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