No travel, trade restriction over yellow fever in Kenya-WHO

By Gatonye Gathura

There is little risk of yellow fever spreading in Nairobi or from Kenya to other countries, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

Consequently the world health body does not recommend any travel or trade restriction between Kenya and other countries.

In its first report on yellow fever in Kenya, since two imported cases were reported in March, WHO says there is need for the country to reinforce vaccination requirements for all international travelers.

Because of low density of the yellow fever vector, the Aedes aegypti mosquito in Nairobi, WHO says there is little risk of the disease spreading in the City.

However, WHO warns that the disease could present a grave threat if introduced to parts of the country where the mosquito is abundant.

In the middle of last month Kenya reported two cases of yellow fever imported from Angola which is currently fighting an outbreak of the disease.

Both cases were male Kenyan nationals, in their early 30s, working in Luanda, Angola. Both traveled while with signs of the fever and none were vaccinated against yellow fever prior to traveling to Angola.

The first case developed symptoms on 8 March in Luanda and traveled to Kenya on 12 March. At his arrival, he was hospitalized in a private clinic in Nairobi and was later referred to another health care facility. The patient died after experiencing multi-organ failure.

The second case presented symptoms on 1 March in Luanda, and flew back to Kenya on 7 March. He went to his home town of Namanga on the Kenyan-Tanzanian border.

He returned to Nairobi to seek treatment on 11 March where he was hospitalised. The patient was treated and has since recovered and been discharged.

WHO wants Kenya and other countries at risk to reinforce vaccination requirements for all travelers.

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