In Summary
  • The patients complained of stomach pains, diarrhoea and vomiting.
  • Due to the ongoing drought that has hit most parts of Lamu since mid 2016, residents have had to share the scarce water sources with livestock and wild animals, leading to a high rate of contamination.
  • Last year, two people from in Kipini, on the border of Lamu and Tana River counties, died from cholera.

Seven people in Lamu have been hospitalised in a suspected outbreak of cholera.

The patients from Pandanguo village in Witu showed cholera-like symptoms.

County executive for Health Mohamed Kombo said the seven were admitted at the Pandanguo Dispensary and Witu Hospital after complaining of stomach pains, diarrhoea and vomiting.

According to Dr Kombo, the drought ravaging many parts of Lamu County has left people and animals to depend on one water source.

Dr Kombo said the victims might have drunk contaminated water.

He said a team from the health department had been dispatched to monitor the situation.

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