Kenya Medical Travel Information

Medical Facilities and Health Information Adequate medical services are available in Nairobi. Frequent outbreaks of cholera and malaria are endemic in Kenya outside Nairobi. In addition, diseases such as Ebola, Rift Valley Fever, and anthrax from handling sheep skins occur periodically. Travelers, who become ill with a fever or flu-like illness while traveling in a malaria-risk area, and up to one year after returning home, should seek prompt medical attention and tell the physician their travel history and what anti-malarial drugs they have been taking. For additional information on malaria, protection from insect bites, and anti-malarial drugs, please visit the CDC Travelers' Health web site.

Tuberculosis is an increasingly serious health concern in Kenya. For further information, please consult the CDC's Information on TB.

On May 17, the CDC issued a Travel Notice regarding an outbreak of dengue in Mombasa, Kenya’s second-largest city and a major tourist destination. Dengue is spread by mosquitoes, and travelers to Kenya’s coastal areas should plan to protect themselves from mosquito bites through covering exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats, and using insect repellent as directed on the packaging. For more information on dengue, please visit the CDC web page on dengue.

The CDC issued a Travel Notice on June 3, regarding the recent diagnosis of polio in Kenya. All travelers to Kenya and surrounding countries should be fully vaccinated against polio. In addition, adults previously vaccinated as children should receive a one-time booster dose of polio vaccine.
Drinking Water Source - percent of rural population improved 55.1%
Drinking Water Source - percent of total population unimproved 38.3%
Drinking Water Source - percent of urban population improved 82.3%
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate 6.3%
Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population 1.4
People Living with HIV/AIDS 1,500,000
Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population .18
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of total population unimproved 70.4%
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of urban population improved 31.3%
Sanitation Facitlity Access - percent of rural population improved 29.1%
Major Infectious Diseases - degree of risk high
Animal Contact Disease (s) rabies
Food or Waterborne Disease (s) bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever
Vectorborne Disease (s) malaria, dengue fever, and Rift Valley fever
Water contact disease (s) schistosomiasis

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