Cholera spreads in Congo and Niger



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Thursday, August 16, 2018

/ dpa

Kananga / Niamey – In the Democratic Republic of Congo and Niger dozens of people have died of cholera and thousands have become ill. In the eastern Kasai region in central Congo, 125 cholera deaths have been reported since February, said the Minister of Health, Hippolyte Mutombo Mbwebwe. 2,100 people would be treated medically. Especially the diamond mining areas in the region are vulnerable to the epidemic.

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In the neighboring Central Kasai region, authorities reported another ten cases of cholera, two people were already killed. A man was taken to the hospital in Kananga, the capital of the province, on suspicion of cholera, said local health minister John Bimvulu. In Congo, the highly contagious Ebola disease was recently spread.

In Niger, 22 people died of cholera on Monday, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid (OCHA) in Niamey on Wednesday. 1,351 people were affected in the Maradi region.

The Niger epidemic broke out in July. Since then, international aid organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) have tried to curb the disease. But flooding due to heavy rainfall could contribute to the further spread of cholera.

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