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Marsabit County confirms outbreak of the red-eye

The red eye disease has been detected in Marsabit County with the government advising residents to observe high standards of hygiene.

The local County health officials confirmed 10 cases of the disease detected at the Marsabit County Referral Hospital.

The CEC Member for Health Ms Grace Galmo said in a press briefing on Tuesday that the viral conjunctivitis cases were detected at the hospital’s eye unit section and the patients were offered appropriate treatment.

The spread of the disease which was first diagnosed in the coast region has sent the County health docket into a spin with Ms Galmo urging for uncompromised hygiene practices including washing of hands to stem its spread.

The CEC who was accompanied by the County Director of Health Dr Ali Boru and the County Director of Veterinary Services Dr Boku Bodha said the patients who were treated and discharged at the hospital were experiencing eye itching, swelling, pain sensitivity to light, and redness.

“I am urging the residents to embrace very strict cleanliness standards that include regular hand washing with soap and water,” she advised, adding that people should also avoid touching their eyes and face.

Dr Boru said measures to contain the spread of the disease have been taken adding that there was no cause for alarm.

He called on anybody who may experience symptoms akin to the red eye disease such as redness, itching, and blurred vision to seek medical treatment without delay.

“We appeal to the public to remain calm, follow preventive measures, and report any suspected cases to the relevant authorities,” the Director said.

The disclosure comes barely a week after the government confirmed an outbreak of Rift Valley fever (RVF) in Marsabit County after 4 cases out of 43 analyzed at Kenya Medical Research Institute turned positive.

The Department of Health Services is continuously monitoring and making the necessary interventions to protect the health and well-being of the residents including a reported upsurge of malaria.

The outbreaks are being associated with the recent El Nino rains which provided an enabling environment for vector multiplication.

By Sebastian Miriti

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