School closed after Hepatitis A outbreak

Students of Moi High School Mbiruri in Embu who were admitted to hospital on Wednesday after falling ill with Hepatitis A are out of danger.

The 35 students, who experienced abdominal pain, vomiting, fatigue, weakness and yellowing of eyes are admitted at Tenri Hospital Ena and Embu Children Hospital, Tenri.

The Ministry of Education has ordered for the closure of the school for one week to contain the outbreak and give students and staff a chance to be examined.

Embu Children Hospital’s Deputy Matron Aisha Adam said they had screened blood samples from the 10 students admitted there and they tested positive for Hepatitis A.

Ms Adam said some of the students had made remarkable recovery and were set for discharged yesterday (Saturday) while the rest will be observed a little longer.

“Those to be discharged have stopped vomiting and can retain their meals and drugs administered orally,” she said.

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A medic at Tenri Ena said 14 students admitted there had tested positive for Hepatitis A but they were all in stable condition.

At Embu Children Hospital, students said they fell sick on Wednesday after a lunch of rice and beans.

They recounted feeling weak and experiencing headaches and on visiting the toilet, they discharged yellowish urine.

A student said his illness started after he ate his supper of rice and ndengu.

Health break

“We alerted the teacher on duty and the school administration organised for our travel to the hospital,” said the student.

Yesterday, the institution’s more than 1,000 students left the school for a health break following a directive on Friday by Embu County Director of Education James Kairu.

“We have resolved to give the students a one-week health break to pave way for thorough investigations and for the students to undergo medical test for Hepatitis A,” he said. 

A technical team from the county department of health is investigating the cause of the infection and will carry-out a thorough clean-up of the school. 

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