The Nairobi County has activated cholera treatment centres, after an outbreak of the disease in the city.

“Five people are admitted at the Nairobi Hospital and laboratory tests have confirmed that they contracted the disease,” Health executive Bernard Muia.

Confirming the outbreak, Muia and Chief Officer Sam Ochola added that the five had travelled to the city last weekend from Vihiga to attend a wedding in Karen.

“There was a wedding in Karen on Saturday and after they partied, people started having symptoms and signs of cholera and they were rushed to Nairobi Hospital. Other people have been discharged because they tested negative,” he said.

Five admitted in hospital after it was found out that they contracted cholera

Muia could however not confirm that three people died after contracting the disease in the city.

“I am advised that one or two passed away, but not in public health facilities. But I would say this is an allegation because we need to do a post-mortem,” the executive said said.

Mbagathi, Mama Lucy, Mathare North, Umoja One, Bahati, and Kibera South health centres have all been activated to address the outbreak.

Muia urged residents to be careful to avoid contracting the infectious and often fatal bacterial disease that causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea.

Fifteen people died in 2015 during an outbreak in city.