Fear has gripped parents in Kilifi County after 17 children died of a mysterious illness reported between March 2 and March 22, 2020.

According to The Standard Newspaper, the situation has left healthcare workers wondering what the problem could be.

A health worker told Sunday Standard that two county hospitals had received cases of children aged under five years with similar symptoms and what is even more worrying is they all died a few hours later. More than 17 children have so far died.

The symptoms include difficulty in breathing, a fever, weakness and a dry mild cough which are all the tell-tale signs of pneumonia.

Opollo Zacharia, 27, one of the parents still grieving the death of his daughter, Justice Miriam Ndede who was just one-and-a-half years old said he is worried his two-month-old daughter might suffer the same fate.

This cames at a time when Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Mutahi Kagwe, highlighted Kilifi County as one of the high-risk areas in regards to the deadly Coronavirus.