4 hospitalized amid cholera outbreak in Kenya’s border region

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Four children were hospitalized in Garissa County in northeast Kenya after having tested positive to cholera, health officials confirmed on Sunday.

Garissa County Disease Surveillance Coordinator Hassan Elmi said the four, aged between six and 10, who hail from Hagarbul location near the Somali boarder, were rushed to hospital after suffering from acute watery diarrhea.

“This morning we have received results from Hagadera laboratory that the four have tested positive to cholera,” Elmi said. “We shall send additional health workers to Hagarbul to support those on the ground.”

Elmi said health workers in Hagarbul have been alerted and are now taking precautionary measures to contain the disease.

He said there are enough emergency supplies to deal with the outbreak.

Last November, the Kenyan ministry of health said the country had had 3,244 confirmed cases of cholera since the beginning of 2017; 60 people died from the disease. Enditem

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