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Yellow Fever: City Hall rules out mass vaccination

Nairobi County government has ruled out the need for mass vaccination after the city recorded a second case of the deadly Yellow Fever.

Ministry of Health officials and Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) scientists had already allayed fears of an outbreak in the capital.

The first case was of a 31-year-old man who died at KNH. He landed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on March 12.

The second case — also a man — arrived in the country on March 7 from Angola, according to Nairobi County Health Executive Bernard Muia.

On Friday, Dr Bernard Muia said the disease does not currently pose a threat to city residents.

But as a cautionary measure, City Hall has fumigated Eastleigh area, where the first victim died, and South C, where the second victim is recuperating.

The family of the 30-year-old Kenyan who recuperating in his house has been informed of how they can avoid been infected.

Dr Muia urged city residents to apply mosquito repellents during the day and sleep under treated mosquito nets at night to avoid infection.

“The mosquitoes that carry the virus bites during the day and it’s better to prevent the disease because it’s incurable, “said Muia.

He added that City Hall will set aside a budget to help in prevent the spread of the disease.