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There is no yellow fever outbreak in Kenya, says CS

Health & Science

There is no yellow fever outbreak in the country, Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu has said. He dismissed as misleading posters that stated there was yellow fever in parts of the country.

One of the posters by health authorities in Uganda reads in part. “There is a yellow fever outbreak in Angola, Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo.” Dr Mailu clarified that the two cases reported in Kenya last month had posed no threat since as the victims contracted the disease  well past the infective five-day period and could therefore not pass on the disease.  One of the patients died while the other was treated and discharged.

The WHO reports in Angola showed that about 1,100 people had been diagnosed, while 178 had died as a result of a shortage of vaccines.

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