Fourteen people have died of cholera in the coastal district of Kwale in Kenya. Speaking to IRIN today, WHO epidemiologist Dr Dominic Mutie said a ministry official on the ground explained to him that the situation was stable and not as bad as portrayed in the local press. “Teams are battling to save lives of patients,” he said. “There are a lot of intravenous fluids and packs for oral rehydration and all is under control.” Poor sanitation and contaminated water are the likely causes of the cholera outbreak. More than 160 people have been admitted in four health centres that serve a population of about 90,000, the local ‘Daily Nation’ newspaper reported.
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