MOMBASA, Thirty two people have been admitted to various public hospitals in Mombasa County on the coast after contracting the chikungunya virus.
Mombasa County Governor Hassan Joho Monday launched five vector control vehicles with new machines and chemicals to fumigate homes in the county as the outbreak causes a threat to more residents.
Less than three months ago, Mombasa County was grappling with a cholera outbreak which saw dozens admitted to hospitals and several eating places in the county being closed.
The county health department on Sunday released a report on the chikungunya virus outbreak. Joho confirmed that there have been 120 suspected cases and out of them 32 have been confirmed to have been infected by the virus.
It was during the launch of the five vector control vehicles that Joho noted that the most affected sub-counties are Changamwe and Mvita.
Since the virus is spread by mosquitoes, the governor urged the residents of Mombasa to work closely with the county government to manage garbage so as to eradicate the breeding grounds for the mosquitoes.
He noted that the garbage menace is contributed more by the private garbage collectors and that the county government was working effortlessly to enact by-laws which will end garbage dumping in the county.
He also noted that the county government had put enough measures in place to deal with the chikungunya virus outbreak.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK