Ministry of Health have reported an outbreak of Influenza Virus, a Viral Infection that has killed 39 children in Nakuru County.
Cabinet Secretary for Health Cleopa Mailu has released health experts and says the team will carry out a comprehensive probe to establish the real magnitude of the outbreak, its cause and the possible risk factors.
According to the CS, blood samples and nasopharyngeal samples have been taken and sent to the CDC National Influenza Sentinel Laboratory in Nairobi for further testing to determine the cause.
The disease is characterized by sudden onset of high fever, aching muscles, cough, fever that does not respond to medication followed by convulsions, coma and eventually death.
Influenza mainly affects the nose, throat, bronchi and occasionally the lungs. Any child with cough and fever should immediately visit the nearest health facility for testing.