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Cholera outbreak kills one, 5 admitted with symptoms


One catering staff confirmed dead while five others are admitted after a cholera outbreak at Nairobi hospital.

Five other employees are ill and the hospital kitchen has been closed.

A hospital source told the Newsline.co.ke that the employee died on Tuesday morning after a short illness.

The source, who requested anonymity, said the staff member appeared to be healthy on the previous day but fell sick on Tuesday morning while on duty.

“As we speak, it has been confirmed. I have just seen him at the morgue and it’s so sad,” the source said.

Last month, the Nairobi County Health department raised the alarm over a cholera outbreak.

Health director Lucia Koyio directed referral hospitals to reactivate their treatment units.

The death and more illnesses come barely a month after the Star reported that residents in Nairobi, Machakos and Kajiado counties are consuming contaminated water. They might also have been exposed to contaminated water, leading to an unprecedented increase in diarrhoea and other water-borne diseases, including cholera