Health officials in Embu County are on high alert after three cases of cholera infection were reported in the area.
This brings to 53 the number of cholera infections in the County in the past one and a half months, with three people dying of the disease.
The County Director of Health (CDH), Dr. Stephen Kaniaru said the three are from Rwika, Kabuguri and Garira village in Mbeere South Sub County and they contacted the disease after eating in hotels whose hygienic standards is questionable.
He said the three were receiving medical attention at various cholera treatment centres in Kiritiri, Ganduri and Embu Level 5 Hospital.
The official said they have closed eight eating houses and four butcheries in Rwika and another six eating places and five butcheries in Ganduri that were found not to meet sanitation standards.
He said enforcement on food hawking, outside catering and eating in social places was to reduce infections.
The health official had in the past few days claimed that the county water sources had been contaminated thus attributing the situation to the increased cases of cholera infections.
He said results from tests done by government chemist and water management authority established that water sources had been contaminated by fecal matter.
We are now sensitizing people on the need to drink safe water as well as eat from clean eateries. We are still on high alert and doing a lot to stem out the virus in the County, he said.
Source: Kenya News Agency