Typhoid fever identified as likely killer outbreak in Mukumu Girls’
The Ministry of Health’s results indicates the disease outbreak at Sacred Heart Mukumu Girls in Kakamega County that has claimed four lives is typhoid fever.
The Ministry said on Friday that preliminary laboratory investigations revealed Enterotoxigenic E. coli and Salmonella typhi as the causes of illnesses.
Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) is a major cause of diarrhoea in children. It is contracted by the ingestion of contaminated food and drink.
Salmonella typhi, which is responsible for typhoid fever, is spread through contaminated food, drink, or water. If you eat or drink something that is contaminated with the bacteria, the bacteria enter your body. They travel into your intestines, and then into your blood.
Mukumu Girls’ was closed indefinitely last week, while neighbouring Butere Boys Secondary School was closed the following day after some learners were also taken ill.
Acting Director-General of Health Patrick Amoth said the Ministry is conducting more tests to ascertain the cause of the illness.
Even so, samples of grains from the institutions tested negative for aflatoxicosis, a dangerous fungal infection from poorly stored cereal grains.
Three students and a teacher have succumbed to the illness that has affected 627 students. 19 students are still hospitalised, Amoth confirmed.
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