In Summary
  • Three top government officials and at least 50 other people have been treated for cholera-related symptoms after eating food at a public event in Nairobi.
  • It is more likely to occur in places with poor sanitation such as the slums or rural areas that lack safe treated water.

This would have been laughable, but it is a grave matter that calls for serious attention.

Three top government officials and at least 50 other people have been treated for cholera-related symptoms after eating food at a public event in Nairobi.

This raises the question as to whether there is a cholera outbreak in the city after similar reports in recent months.

It is not funny as cholera, a highly infectious disease, is caused by eating food or drinking water that is contaminated with bacteria.

POOR SANITATION

It is more likely to occur in places with poor sanitation such as the slums or rural areas that lack safe treated water.

Indeed, past outbreaks have largely occurred in such places.

However, this latest occurrence at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, in the city centre, follows another at Weston Hotel Lang’ata where a conference attended by doctors was affected.

And before then, yet another outbreak was reported in the plush suburb of Karen, where a guest died after eating food at a wedding reception.

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