The pandemic coincides with the long rainy season in Kenya. Rain increases mosquito breeding sites, vector density and thus transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.
Emphasizing foreign origins of a disease can have racist connotations and implications for how people understand their own risk of disease.
While identifying a new disease by its place of origin seems intuitive, history shows that doing so can have serious consequences for the people that live there.
Prolonged rains increase the amount of stagnant water in the environment in which mosquitoes breed. This increases the risk of mosquito-borne diseases.
Outbreaks of zoonotic diseases call for a collaborative approach to surveillance.
As rain continues to fall in Kenya, national and county governments must put measures in place to prevent a Rift Valley fever outbreak.
By tackling local threats and controlling existing diseases, countries are able to build the capacity needed to deal with future emerging disease threats.
As East Africa becomes warmer, the threat of climate sensitive diseases such as malaria, Rift Valley Fever and cholera is increasing.
Emerging diseases on which the experts are keeping a close eye.
From floods to drought, fire to famine, the 2015-16 El Nino has had a global impact.