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At least nine people have died in Kenya and over 80 others are seriously ill in Kargi Location, Marsabit County, following an outbreak of an unknown disease.
Local media reports that preliminary tests indicates the possibility of a violent malaria outbreak.
According to Kargi Senior Chief, Moses Galoro, the latest fatality was witnessed on Wednesday morning at Kargi Health Centre when a young man aged 23 years, breathed his last.
Chief Galoro explained that out of the nine people who have died, six were adults and three children between the age of one and three years.
The adults were male herders except for one woman of about 60 years.
On Friday April 14th, the Kenyan Health Ministry issued an alert on the outbreak of the unknown disease. A statement by the Director General for Health, Patrick Amoth indicated that the disease was discovered in the Mukumu Girls and Butere Boys high schools.
Writing by Chinasa Ossai; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu