Four people have so far succumbed to Kala-Azar in Marsabit county with forty six others receiving treatment for the same. This is according to the Marsabit County health minister, Stephen Labarakwe.
Speaking to Sifa FM Marsabit, the minister stated that the disease was first reported in 2014. He pointed out that they currently lack adequate diagnostic equipment to enable them diagnose the disease.
In addition, the minister said that the medication required to treat Kala-Azar is not available in the country.
CEC Labarakwe said that they continue to spray insecticides in areas that have been affected by Kala-Azar outbreak.
These areas include Gudhas, Hawaye and Baalar.
Kala-azar is caused by a bite from a species of housefly that sucks blood from humans.
Some of the signs of symptoms of Kala-azar include high fever for over two weeks without suffering from malaria, swollen stomach, lack of appetite, loss of weight, exhaustion and general body weakness, lungs strain, paleness and sometimes loss of hair.