In Summary
  • The bridegroom is receiving treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital.
  • The food was outsourced from Kitengela in Kajiado County.
  • The patients complained of diarrhoea, vomiting and abdominal pains.

The Nyeri County health department has increased its surveillance after four people died after eating at a dowry ceremony at Ruirii village in Kieni constituency last Thursday.

Director of Medical Services Nelson Muriu said residents who attended the ceremony trooped to hospitals exhibiting cholera-like symptoms.

The food was outsourced from Kitengela in Kajiado County for the event attended by more than 250 guests from Nyeri and Nairobi counties.

CHOLERA

The groom’s mother who had accompanied her son from Nairobi, died in the city. The bridegroom is receiving treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital.

“The patient at KNH has tested negative for cholera and is being treated for food poisoning,” said Dr Muriu.

Residents started trooping hospitals on Saturday when the symptoms persisted while the deaths were confirmed on Monday.

He said that they were tracing the source of the food and the caterers.

In Nyeri, one person is receiving treatment at the Othaya Level IV Hospital while 67 others are being treated in different health facilities.

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