Cholera hits big prison

NAIROBI - A cholera outbreak has killed eight inmates in Kenya's largest prison outside the capital Nairobi and hospitalised 25 others, the commissioner of prisons said yesterday.

NAIROBI - A cholera outbreak has killed eight inmates in Kenya's largest prison outside the capital Nairobi and hospitalised 25 others, the commissioner of prisons said yesterday.

"One died on Saturday night while the seven others died early this morning. There is a cholera outbreak at the prison," Isaiah Osugo told AFP.

Twenty-five others have been hospitalised due to the illness caused by contaminated water at the Kamiti prison, he said.

Cholera is a water-borne disease that can also be transmitted by food that has been in contact with sewage. It can be fatal if not treated in time. - Sapa-AFP

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