The County One Health Unit (COHU) of Isiolo in collaboration with One Health Partners including HEAL, launched Rift Valley Fever (RVF) sensitization campaign with a multi-sectoral team of experts to remote areas following outbreak of the disease in neighboring counties of Marsabit and Wajir.

Deputy Governor of Isiolo County, Dr James Lowasa, advised the local community to be cautious and remain on alert following the discovery of RVF in animal samples. He also advised the community to cook meat thoroughly and also boil milk properly before consumption.

The Deputy Governor said that though there are no confirmed cases of human transmission in Isiolo, the neighbouring counties have confirmed cases necessitating the urgency of community sensitization.  Rift Valley Fever is a viral zoonotic disease that primarily affects animals, yet with the potential to infect humans. It is mainly transmitted by mosquitoes and blood-feeding flies.

Contributed by:

Hellen Larabi

HEAL Isiolo Team