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The officers were part of a larger group of 430 deployed in the capital Nairobi to provide security for the landmark Supreme Court ruling on Friday nullifying the recent presidential elections.
Speaking to reporters, Kenya’s Health Minister Cleopa Mailu blamed unhygienic food handlers, saying that the country has witnessed an upsurge of cholera cases in the past few months.
“Most of the patients are now stable, and we will crack down on unhygienic food handlers to minimize cholera cases,” Mailu said, adding that much needs to be done, especially during the country’s current rainy season.
“This is a matter which we are seeing is resurging rather than receding and because of this, we have to enforce food testing and hygienic preparations for food handlers.”
Over the weekend, over 40 police officers were admitted to hospitals after showing cholera-like symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and dehydration.
This May, at least 60 people in the Kenyan capital contracted cholera, which claimed three lives.
Eggs tainted by the insecticide mostly originate from farms in those two countries but have since been found in 45 nations worldwide, the European health commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitisa said last week.
The UN says cholera is a major public health problem in the country with millions of cases registered every year. Last year, the disease claimed 817 lives there, according to the WHO.
The ministerial meeting will include representatives from some 30 countries, according to Canada's minister of environment and climate change, Catherine McKenna.
Cholera is endemic in Nigeria, with a rise in cases during rainy season from April to September, says disease control center
Police officers tested positive for cholera after eating infected food; health minister blames food workers
"Up to September 1, 14 deaths have been reported," the health ministry said in a statement, adding that "the total number of suspected cholera cases stands at 186."
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565,041 suspected cases of cholera have been recorded in the country since April 27
Unknown health risks include cancer, respiratory diseases, birth defects and reduced cognition
Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock's tests clear eggs, official says
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A separate 40-year-old male was returned to the zoo in Rajshahi where there are only females.
Millions of eggs have been pulled from supermarket shelves across Europe and dozens of poultry farms closed since the discovery of fipronil, which can be harmful to humans, was made public on August 1.