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Laikipia records first Covid 19 death

Health & Science - By James Munyeki | July 11th 2020 at 12:52:40 GMT +0300

Laikipia county has recorded its first Coronavirus-related death.

The 70-year-old woman succumbed to the virus on Friday night.

She is said to have developed breathing problems while receiving treatment at the Nanyuki Hospital.

According to county Health executive Dr Lenai Kamario, the woman had no travel history.

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A search for primary contacts has been launched.

"So far,we have four primary contacts and we are still looking for more who we believe had interacted with her."

The woman will be buried on Sunday in accordance to Health ministry guidelines.

Meanwhile, a body mass index (BMI) of 40 and above is one of the risk factors associated with death if one is diagnosed with Covid-19, according to a report.

A BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight.

The study published on Wednesday by nature.com looked into the medical records of over 17 million people in the United Kingdom and found obesity as one of the risk factors.

As is also the case in Kenya, diabetes featured on the list and this is for individuals whose blood sugar level is above 58 millimoles per mole (mmol/mol.)

Persons with severe asthma and other respiratory diseases also fall into this category.

If you have chronic heart disease, liver disease, stroke, dementia or other neurological ailments you are also at risk.

Others are reduced kidney function, auto-immune disease like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis and other immuno-suppressive conditions.

Those with a recent history of haematological malignancy of five years and below have a 2.5 times increased risk, which decreases slightly after the five years.

“For other cancers, increased hazard ratios were smaller and mainly with recent diagnoses,” reads the report titled Factors associated with Covid-19 death in 17 million patients.


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