In Summary
  • The boys were rushed to Tenri private hospital after complaining of stomach pain and general body weakness.
  • The boys were diagnosed with hepatitis A, which results from consuming contaminated food or water, Tenri Medical Superintendent, Dr George Kimani, confirmed.
  • County Health Chief officer, Grace Muriithi, said she held a meeting with Health executive Dr Joan Mwende and established that the situation was under control.
  • County Director of Education James Kariuki said education officers were sent to the school for an assessment.

Ten students were hospitalised on Thursday following a hepatitis A outbreak at Moi High School Mbiruri in Embu County.

The boys were rushed to Tenri private hospital after complaining of stomach pain and general body weakness.

Hepatitis A results from consuming food or water contaminated with the hepatitis A virus or from close contact with an infected person or object.

According to the World Health Organization, "Almost everyone recovers fully from hepatitis A with a lifelong immunity".

The WHO says the disease is rarely fatal but that "a very small proportion of people infected with hepatitis A could die from fulminant hepatitis (acute liver failure)".

A vaccine prevents infection.

'NO COMPLICATIONS'

The boys were diagnosed with hepatitis A, Tenri Medical Superintendent, Dr George Kimani, confirmed.

When the Nation visited the hospital, nurses were busy attending to students who had been put on drips.

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