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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Cholera deaths in Chad 'could double': Red Cross

Article via IC Publications :

" The Red Cross on Wednesday warned that without a response the number of people in Chad infected with cholera could double to 25,000 people from the 12,713 cases recorded so far this year.

"The risk of a wider and more serious outbreak is very real," the International Federation of the Red Cross said in a press statement.

"With the peak of the rainy season coming (in September and October), it is feared that the number of cholera cases will double ... and could reach up to 20,000 to 25,000 cases," the Red Cross explained.

So far this year the disease has killed 364 people, it said, adding that "hundreds more lives" were at risk."

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