African Press Association

Thousands dead in East Africa plagues

From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – SEVERE drought has coincided with an outbreak of lethal diseases in the Horn of Africa region.
Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are worst affected.
Somalia is experiencing its largest outbreak of cholera in five years,with 48 607 cases and 763 deaths reported since January. Over 1 400 measles cases have been reported since early June.
There have been 9 813 suspected measles cases in 2017.
In Ethiopia, 35 665 of acute watery diarrhoea cases and 780 deaths have been reported since the beginning of the year.
Across the country 1 981 suspected measles cases, 961 confirmed, have been reported.
In Kenya, 303 suspected cases of cholera and three deaths have been reported since January.
In Mombasa and Wajir counties, 832 cases of dengue fever, including one death, have been reported.
Other outbreaks reported include 111 cases of kala azar (black fever) with four related deaths in Marsabit and Wajir counties. Some 14 cases of measles have been confirmed in the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp.
The disease outbreaks correspond with drought displacing thousands in the Horn of Africa, east of the continent.
The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported the drought had displaced 738 600 in Somalia, 843 367 in Ethiopia and 39 000 people in Kenya.
CAJ News