One dead after H1N1 swine flu outbreak in Laikipia
By Sharon Nkonge
Laikipia County health officials have confirmed the presence of H1N1 Prototype 9 Influenza virus, popularly known as swine coach after a nine year old child died.
Doctors have also revealed that samples taken from patients at Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital on Tuesday were confirmed to have the virus.
All health facilities in the region and the neighbouring areas have been put on alert.
According to Laikipia County Director of Health and Sanitation Dr. Donald Moghoi, patients with high fever, dry cough, sore throat and general weakness which are signs of the influenza, have been seeking medical services in the last two weeks.
Dr. Moghoi however said that some cases are mild and patients treated are allowed to go home.
The H1N1 Prototype 9 was found in two of the patients as samples taken to the government laboratories came back positive.
According to Dr. Moghoi, there is no need for panic as the hospitals and all health facilities are ready to deal with any eventualities.
The county director noted that the disease affects everyone but can be severe in children because of their poor immune system.
Up to 60 cases are being handled a day by the hospital because the disease is spread through air and body contact.
The ministry is also concerned with the spread of the flu in schools and Dr. Moghoi confirmed that health officers will be visiting institutions to create awareness among teachers and pupils.