Alert issued as Marburg hits region
Kenya has intensified surveillance on visitors coming from Madagascar in the wake of reports that more than 102 people had died of marburg in the island nation.
Similar measures have been put in place for those coming into Kenya from Uganda where an outbreak of Marburg virus disease (MVD) has been reported.
Aircraft from the two countries and ships docking in from Madagascar must now submit health declaration forms and sanitation certificates at points of entry, Kenyan authorities said.
Reports from Madagascar indicated that more than 100 of the 1,100 people reported to have been infected by plague since August had died as of Monday. Two people were reported to have succumbed to MVD in Uganda, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Marburg is transmitted to humans through exposure to mines or caves inhabited by bats and consumption of bush meat or physical contact with an infected person.
Dr Kioko said the department of health has put all health institutions, including private facilities, on high alert at all points of entry and within border counties such as Busia, Bungoma, Trans Nzoia and West Pokot.