In Summary
  • The three patients said they ate food in hotels that were not clean.
  • Health officials have urged people to drink clean and safe water, have high standards of personal hygiene and buy food or eat from hotels with high sanitation standards.

Health officials in Embu County are on high alert after three new cholera cases were reported on Monday in three villages in Mbeere South.

The new cases brings the number of cholera infections in the county to 53 in the past one and a half months. Three people have died from the disease.

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County Director of Health Stephen Kaniaru said the three patients come from Rwika, Kabuguri and Nganduri villages, which mainly rely on water from River Thiba.

They could have contracted the disease after eating in hotels with low hygienic standards, he added.

The official said the three – a 70-year-old grandmother, a 14-year-old girl, and a 36-year-old man – are receiving medical attention at cholera treatment centres in Kiritiri, Ganduri and Embu Level 5 Hospital.

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