KEMRI Says There’s An Influenza Virus Outbreak In Kenya

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A new study by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) has revealed there is an outbreak of influenza virus in the country.

The survey that was conducted by the Centre for Global Health Research in Kisumu between September and November showed flu had been detected in school-going children and the general population.

Speaking to a local publication, Roberto Muyela, a victim of the virus, said he had gone through hell.

“On the first day, I felt cold, and there was some discomfort in my nasal cavity. On day two, I experienced a sore throat, congestion of the nose and throat, and a mild cough. Terrible congestion, a running nose, and a high fever followed. I went to the hospital, and most victims I found there were males,” Muyela said.

The patient said he sought medication, was treated, and is feeling better now.

From 36 samples collected, KEMRI noted four came out positive while the rest showed mild virus symptoms, Daily Nation reported.

“Last month, we had a high number of school-going children presenting with flu, high fever and sore throat. We really wanted to understand what this was all about,” Kisumu county director of public health Fredrick Oluoch said.

The positive cases were confirmed in Kisumu Central, Muhoroni, Ahero and Siaya county.

The outbreak of the Influenza A virus comes when COVID-19 cases have started spiking again.

On Wednesday, December 15, Kenya recorded 799 new coronavirus infections as the state warned of lockdowns.

The cases were confirmed from 7,529 samples, raising the positivity rate to 10.6%.

The Ministry of Health said one person succumbed to the disease, bringing the death toll to 5,350.

Source: Daily Nation

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