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Kenya Declares Yellow Fever Outbreak

Kenya on Sunday declared a yellow fever outbreak after three people died and 15 other suspected cases were detected in the northern county of Isiolo.

The health ministry said it had dispatched a rapid response team to the area.

It also said it would priorities vaccination in at least another half a dozen neighboring counties that have now been placed on red alert.

Local media report that the first cases of yellow fever were detected in mid-January in Merti and Garba Tula areas, raising questions on why an alert was only issued on Saturday.

Yellow fever vaccinations levels are low in the country despite being relatively accessible in government hospitals.

It’s partly due to its high cost of about $18 to $20 which is out of reach for many Kenyans especially in rural areas.

The last Yellow Fever outbreak was in 1992/1993.

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