Rift Valley Fever in Kenya - update
27 December 2006
As of 27 December 2006, 32 cases and 19 deaths of Rift Valley Fever virus (Case Fatality Ratio 59.4%) have been reported in the flood-affected areas of Garissa district. (see previous report)
The Kenyan Ministry of Health is carrying out clinical case management, surveillance and social mobilization activities, and mosquito net distribution. Social mobilization is aimed at reducing the risk of animal-to-human transmission via unprotected animal husbandry and slaughter practices.
The international response to the outbreak includes the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture, WHO, WFP, UNICEF, FAO, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Medecins Sans Frontieres- France and Belgium, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Atlanta, Epicentre and a number of local Nongovernmental organizations.