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Cholera outbreak during a scientific conference at a Nairobi hotel, Kenya 2017
Valerian Mwenda | Alexis Niyomwungere | Elvis Oyugi | Jane Githuku | Mark Obonyo | Zeinab Gura
Date of Publication:
19 July 2019
Journal of Public Health
In June 2017, a cluster of diarrhoeal illness occurred among participants of an international scientific conference at a hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. Culture confirmed Vibrio cholerae, serotype Ogawa. We investigated to assess magnitude, identify likely exposures and suggest control measures. We interviewed 249 out of 456 conference attendees (response rate=54.6%). Point source outbreak, associated with chicken eaten at lunch on Tuesday 20th June 2017 occurred. We recommend better collaboration between the food and health sectors in food-borne outbreak investigations.
Cholera outbreak in Homa Bay County, Kenya, 2015
Jane Njoki Githuku | Waqo Gufu Boru | Casey Daniel Hall | Zeinab Gura | Elvis Oyugi | Rogath Saika Kishimba | Innocent Semali | Ghada Nadim Farhat | Meeyoung Mattie Park
Date of Publication:
The Pan African Medical Journal
Cholera is among the re-emerging diseases in Kenya. Beginning in December 2014, a persistent outbreak occurred involving 29 of the 47 countries. Homa Bay County in Western Kenya was among the first counties to report cholera cases from January to April 2015. This case study is based on an outbreak investigation conducted by FELTP residents in Homa Bay County in February 2015. It simulates an outbreak investigation including laboratory confirmation, active case finding, descriptive epidemiology and implementation of control measures. This case study is designed for the training of basic level field epidemiology trainees or any other health care workers working in public health-related fields. It can be administered in 2-3 hours. Used as adjunct training material, the case study provides the trainees with competencies in investigating an outbreak in preparation for the actual real-life experience of such outbreaks.