Nakuru: One Dead And 8 Hospitalised As Swine Flu Outbreak Reported

Eight people are admitted in hospital, while one child died following a Swine flu Outbreak in Elementaita, Gilgil area, Nakuru County. 

Health officials are yet to establish the cause of the H1NI1 flu outbreak that has seen 142 people from Elementaita ward receive treatment in a span of one month. 

At Kiptangwany health centre in Gilgil Constituency, the isolation ward has seen an influx of patients displaying HIN1 flu-like symptoms in recent weeks following an outbreak of the virus last month.

Seven children below the age of 5 are admitted to this facility with Swine flu like symptoms. 

Health reports say children below 12 months are the hardest hit with a total of 86 out of the 142 cases reported accounting for 61.4%.

In less than 24 hours, the health centre has admitted 4 new patients with similar symptoms, though the number of admissions has slightly reduced from 15 patients a day. Health officials say the flu has spread across the 8 villages in Elementaita ward.

“We have admitted patients from Makongo na Ngechahi where 7 patients come from but all the other villages are also affected,” said Veronica Karani, a health officer at Kiptangwany Health Centre.

The cause of the swine flu is yet to be established since it’s not an isolated case. In 2020, the area witnessed a similar outbreak.

Some of the patients have displayed symptoms ranging coughing, wheezing, fever, chest pains, headache and runny nose.

The main symptoms reported in the Elementaita case  were: Cough(56.6%), wheezing at 22.1 % and Fever (8.8% )

The elderly too and people with underlying conditions such as diabetes, blood pressure and even pregnant women are at a risk of contracting the flu. 

Doctors say some of the patients are placed on oxygen for a few hours, as admissions lasting for 5 to 7 days before patients can be discharged.

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