Rift Valley Fever outbreak in Kenya puts health workers on alert for 'Ebola-like' symptoms

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Rift Valley Fever outbreak in Kenya puts health workers on alert for 'Ebola-like' symptoms

An Ebola-like haemorrhagic disease classified by the United Nations as among the most likely viruses to trigger a global pandemic has killed five people in Kenya.

The first significant outbreak of Rift Valley Fever in East Africa for more than a decade claimed its first casualties in northern Kenya’s Wajir County last week, when an 18-year-old man died after three days of internal and external bleeding.

Fears that the viral disease, known to be highly contagious, could spread rapidly have prompted authorities in the county to announce a total ban on the slaughter of livestock as well as on the sale and consumption of meat and milk.

Rift Valley Fever is most usually transmitted to humans through the blood, tissue or organs of livestock that have been infected with the virus through mosquito bites â€" although mosquitoes can pass the disease to humans directly.

The disease can spread rapidly in rural areas like Wajir where many own cows, goats and camels â€" all carriers of the disease.

Source: Google News Kenya | Netizen 24 Kenya

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