Appeals & Response Plans
- Tropical Cyclone Mekunu - May 2018
- Tropical Cyclone Sagar - May 2018
- Somalia: Flash Floods - Apr 2018
- Somalia: Measles Outbreak - Dec 2016
- Somalia: Floods - May 2016
- Somalia: Cholera Outbreak - Apr 2016
- Tropical Cyclone Megh - Nov 2015
- Tropical Cyclone Chapala - Nov 2015
- Somalia: Floods - Oct 2015
- Somalia: Drought - 2015-2018
Maps & Infographics
Although Rift Valley fever has been confirmed in the current outbreak affecting humans and livestock in Kenya and Somalia, it is evident that other causes have contributed to the high rate of haemorrhagic symptoms and deaths among both humans and animals.
Nairobi, January 28, 1998 -- Heavy rains caused by El Niño have exacerbated outbreaks of Rift Valley fever, cholera and malaria in Kenya's northeastern, eastern, central, coastal and Rift Valley provinces, as well as in southern Somalia, according to recent World Health Organization (WHO) reports. Rift Valley fever is a viral disease commonly found in sub-Saharan Africa. The virus is transmitted primarily by infected mosquitoes, other biting insects and occasionally by contact with the blood or body fluids of infected animals.
NAIROBI : The World Food Programme warned
today that unless donors provide new funding it will be forced to
halt emergency airlifts and airdrops of food and other vital supplies to
1.1 million people cut off by floodwaters in remote areas of Kenya
Estimating that it will cost US$12 million to deliver by air an additional 16,000 metric tons of assistance between now and the end of March, WFP called on donors to make pledges immediately to avert the suspension of the air operations at the end of January. This is in addition to funds for food aid.
Press Release WHO/13
Rift Valley Fever (RVF) is widely distributed in Kenya and Somalia, primarily in animals but also in humans, World Health Organization (WHO) officials investigating the disease outbreak in the two countries say. The estimated number of deaths in Kenya is now 350-400. These deaths are concentrated in Kenya's Northeastern Province and in southern Somalia, where after a critical review of the data from Somalia, a revised count indicates that 80 deaths are suspected to be due to haemorrhagic fever.
Revised 20 Jan 1998
An outbreak similar to that reported in
north-eastern Kenya has been reported in Somalia in the flooded area
delimited by the towns of Belet Weyne and Johar on the Shabelle River.
Four of 13 blood samples from suspected cases have been positive for RVF.
Rome, January 15 -- A serious outbreak of Rift Valley Fever in parts of northeastern Kenya and adjacent areas of Somalia
constitutes an international emergency, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.
The mosquito-borne disease is reported to have already claimed nearly 400 human victims and thousands of animals have also died. The outbreak follows heavy rain and flooding in the affected area which is hampering efforts to establish the full extent of the outbreak.