Alarm as Chikungunya outbreak hits Mombasa

An outbreak of Chikungunya, a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes, has been reported in several parts of Mombasa county. The disease is reported to be spreading fast and already several people have been diagnosed with it.

Those diagnosed have been admitted or treated and discharged at various hospitals in Mombasa among them the Coast General Hospital, Port Reitz, and Majengo health centre. The outbreak was initially confused with Dengu fever by doctors but when samples were taken to Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) it turned positive for the disease.

Mombasa has also reported increased cases of dengue fever. Kenya National Union of Nurses (Knun) Mombasa chapter secretary general Peter Maroko, said there has been increased cases of patients having high fever, joint pains, muscle pains, headache, vomiting and nausea which had been reported at the Coast General Hospital, however, he said samples had been taken to Kemri in Kilifi for further analysis and investigations.

“Most of the patients we have been handling at the facility showing the various symptoms test negative for malaria and dengue fever while they portray similar symptoms of the later, samples have already been handed to the institution to help medical practitioners establish what kind of viral infection it is,” he said.

Meanwhile, a 50-year-old water vendor has been found dead on the streets of Mombasa, just a day after he was discharged from Mwembe Tayari Health centre, where he was undergoing treatment for cholera.

Mombasa County Polic Commander Johnston Ipara said the body of Paul Nzaiwas found by a Good Samaritan who alerted police officers who were on their normal patrol. The body was taken to Coast General Hospital mortuary awaiting investigations.

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