Epidemiology of Human Rabies in Kenya
For the last five years human rabies cases have tremendously increased in Kenya, transmitted through the bites of rabid domestic as well as wild canines. The distribution has moved from previous endemic areas of Eastern and Coast Provinces to Western Kenya affecting Rift Valley, Nyanza, Western and Central Provinces. Other animals have also been affected, both domestic and wild. The animals mostly affected are canines and also bovines, ovines and caprines. Recorded human deaths in the last five years is over sixty. Post exposure immunization has been encouraged as well as first aid management.
The distribution of the disease in humans in different parts of Kenya and strategy to be adopted to control the disease is described.
KeywordsRift Valley Veterinary Service Wild Canine Communicable Disease Control Livestock Development
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