RVF in Kenya

23 February 2021

Article: 55/0803

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in Kenya. Between 19 November 2020 and 4 February 2021, there have been 32 human cases and 11 deaths reported in Isiolo and Mandera counties.

RVF outbreaks in Kenya are recurrent and the last outbreak was in 2018. The WHO is working closely with the Kenyan Ministry of Health in supporting the public health response to the current outbreak.

Advice for travellers 

  • RVF is a zoonotic viral infection that may rarely cause fatal haemorrhagic fever. The risk to travellers is very rare, though is increased in those visiting an area experiencing a RVF outbreak and having contact with infected humans, animals or their tissue.

Those at increased risk of RVF infection are advised to: 

  • avoid direct contact with infected animals or animal tissues where possible, if this is unavoidable then personal protective equipment should be worn 
  • avoid drinking unpasteurised milk and consuming raw meat products 
  • practice good insect bite avoidance measures

There is no licensed vaccine available for human use.

Further information and advice is available on the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.

Source: TRAVAX, 17 February 2021