HC Deb 19 December 1941 vol 376 c2266W
Major Lyons

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can make any statement on the outbreak of plague in Kenya?

Mr. George Hall

A single case of plague occurred in Kiambu District in January, 1941. Cases were reported at Nairobi and in South Kavirondo District in February, at Mombasa and in Fort Hall District in June, and in Nyeri in July. No further extension of the infection has been reported. The latest return shows that the total number of cases detected has amounted to 449, of which 114 have been fatal. Most of the cases have been bubonic plague, but a certain number of cases of pneumonic plague have occurred. A close watch has been kept on the position among rats in Mombasa but no infected rats have been discovered. The Kenya Government is taking all possible steps to deal with the outbreak. In this connection I may mention the provision of improved native housing at Nairobi, at a cost of £50,000, of which I informed the House on 26th November.