The government has cautioned Kenyans against handling and consuming uninspected meat following the outbreak of the Rift Valley Fever (RVF).
In a statement by Government Spokesperson Issac Mwaura on Thursday, it was highlighted that the outbreak of the disease, which primarily affects animals, had been confirmed in Mandara.
It was noted that investigations were underway to establish the extent of the disease. Human beings can also be infected through mosquito bites as the insects act as transmitters.
According to the government, the outbreak was occasioned by the recent heavy rains which led to the spread of mosquitoes in the country.
A picture of meat in display ready for distribution.
Kenya Meat Commission
“This outbreak is attributed to the recent El Nino rains which led to a surge in mosquito population thus an increased transmission of vector-borne diseases. All counties are put on high alert for the potential spread of the disease,” read the statement in part.
Further, Kenyans with cattle were also advised to wear protective gear during the delivery of cattle and dispose of carcasses.
“Individuals experiencing fever are advised to visit the nearest health facility for assessment.
“The government has also distributed over 1.2 million insecticide-treated mosquito nets across the country, and members of the public are advised to use them,” Mwaura added.
Meanwhile, the government is collaborating with other agencies such as the Directorate of Veterinary Services to monitor the spread of the disease.
Kenyans will be informed of other developments in due course.
Red Eye Disease Outbreak
On the other hand, Kenyans were advised to remain on high alert over the Red Eye disease outbreak. Apart from Mombasa County, three cases have been reported in Nairobi.
“The disease is spread by touching the eyes of infected persons or contaminated surfaces then touching your eyes. This disease, characterized by red, watery eyes, has been identified as a form of conjunctivitis, which is highly contagious but generally not severe in nature,” Mwaura stated.
As a result, Kenyans should avoid touching their faces, frequently wash their hands, disinfect surfaces and avoid sharing personal items like towels.
Government spokesperson Isaac Mwaura addressing the nation during a presser in January 2024.