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Yellow Fever: Second case reported in Nairobi

One more case of a Yellow Fever patient has been reported in South C area by the County’s health officials.

Nairobi County Executive in charge of health Dr Bernard Muia said the patient is undergoing treatment.

The patient is said to have been in the country for the last 10 days after returning from Angola.  Dr Muia did not reveal the man’s identity.

What is known though is that he is a Kenyan male aged 31 who travelled to Magadi after he arriving in the country for business. When he returned to Nairobi from Magadi two days ago, he is said to have gone to a health centre in South C.

The patient complained of headache, fever, muscle pain, vomiting and loss of appetite. He told medics at the health centre in South C that he suspected he has Yellow Fever since he was from Angola where more than 800 cases have been reported so far.

Dr Muia told journalists on Thursday that the man is under surveillance because further test results are yet to come out.

The patient is recuperating in his house.


Dr Muia urged city residents not to panic over the potential of an outbreak of the disease since it is not contagious.

Kenya has increased surveillance for Yellow Fever after a patient died at Kenyatta National Hospital while being treated for the disease. The had just returned from Angola.

Dr Muia urged the people living in Eastleigh, where the first case was reported, and South C to ensure that they clear mosquito breeding areas near their houses.

“This disease cannot be transmitted by coming into contact with a person who has. It is spread only by mosquitoes or primates like monkeys. I urge you to clear bushes and stagnant waters where the mosquitoes breed,”said Dr Muia.

He added that the disease is incurable, but the county has enough vaccines for anyone who wants protection.

The disease takes three to six days to incubate before its symptoms start to show, which includes
headache, fever, muscle pain, vomiting and loss of appetite.