First human case of Rift Valley Fever confirmed

RVF typically presents with symptoms such as mild illness, fever, weakness, back pain, and dizziness
First human case of Rift Valley Fever confirmed
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Kenya’s Ministry of Health has confirmed the first human case of Rift Valley fever (RVF) in the country. The case was identified in Turbi, North Horr Sub County, Marsabit County, according to a statement from the Director-General for Health, Patrick Amoth.

The outbreak of RVF is attributed to the El Niño rains, which have led to an increase in mosquito populations and subsequently heightened the transmission of vector-borne diseases.

Amoth has issued a call to action for all counties, urging them to inform healthcare workers about the outbreak and to remain vigilant due to the increased potential risk of RVF spread. He emphasized the importance of preparing RVF-specific preparedness and response plans.

Therefore, the Director-General for Health advises all counties to remain on high alert for the potential spread of RVF, given the reported increase in mosquito population nationwide and the movement of livestock,” he stated.

RVF typically presents with symptoms such as mild illness, fever, weakness, back pain, and dizziness.

The Ministry of Health has recommended the establishment and enhancement of capacity for sample referral to National Public Health Laboratories to facilitate confirmatory testing, enhance disease surveillance and reporting at all levels.

The Ministry of Health has also advised the public is advised to take preventive measures, including avoiding the consumption of uninspected meat and sleeping under treated mosquito nets. Individuals experiencing fever are urged to report to the nearest health facility for assessment.

People assisting with animal birth, disposing of carcasses, or handling aborted/stillbirths or retained placentas are encouraged to use protective equipment such as gloves and protective gowns.

The Ministry of Health is working in close coordination with the Directorate of Veterinary Services to monitor the situation and will provide updates accordingly.

Rift Valley fever (RVF) is a viral disease that can affect both humans and livestock.

It is typically transmitted through contact with infected animals’ blood, body fluids, tissues, or bites from infected mosquitoes, with livestock such as cattle, sheep, goats, buffalo, and camels being common hosts.


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