Vulnerable Kenya on high alert over polio threat
From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) -KENYA porous borders, blamed for incessant terror the East African country has suffered over the years, have emerged as cause for concern following the deadly outbreak of polio in adjacent countries.
Government is fretting at the possibility of the disease spreading to the country from Nigeria in the northwest.
Two children were reported to have been left paralysed from the highly infectious viral disease, which mainly affects young children.
Officials announced government has increased cross-border surveillance to avoid importation of the virus from neighbouring countries.
Kenya’s porous borders increase the risk of importation of the disease.
Their leaky nature has exposed the country to the insurgency by the Al-Shabaab from neighbouring Somalia. The sect has carried out deadly attacks against civilians.
“The (polio) outbreak is an immediate threat to all regional countries due to the current nature of global trade and travel networks,” said Director of Kenya Medical Services, Jackson Kioko.
Last December, the Kenya Medical Research Institute and Centre for Disease Control collected samples indicating a risk of outbreaks in the capital Nairobi.
Polio is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus. It invades the nervous system, and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours.
– CAJ News
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