Kenya-Ethiopia-Cholera outbreak – APA-Nairobi (Kenya)

March 12th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

At least 14 people die of cholera along Kenya-Ethiopia border, reports say

At least 14 people have died in the past seven days from cholera in the northern town of Moyale, along the Kenyan-Ethiopian border, Kenyan health officials have disclosed here.

The Moyale district clinical officer, Abdullahi Jaldesa was quoted in the local media saying that that three people have died in Kenya and 11 in Ethiopia.

The Kenyans include two children. Another 13 patients have been admitted to the Moyale District Hospital.

Some 50 cases have been diagnosed in Moyale, and 110 across the border and the death toll is expected to rise as some of the affected are in remote areas far from health facilities, the privately owned radio, Capital FM reported on Thursday.

The cholera outbreak was first reported in Ethiopia before spreading to the village of Dabelle in Moyale.

The spread of the cholera has been attributed to poor sanitation and water shortages, which have led to the consumption of contaminated water.

Some restaurants along the Kenyan side of the border have been closed and food imports from Ethiopia banned, the reports said.

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