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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Africa faces worst ever cholera outbreaks: UNICEF

Via Xinhua :

" More than 85,000 cases of Cholera have been reported in West and Central Africa so far this year, making it one of the biggest epidemics in its history, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said here on Tuesday.

UNICEF reported an "unacceptably high" Case Fatality Rate (CFR) in countries concerned, ranging from 2.3 percent to 4.7 percent, with a total number of 2,466 deaths reported in the region.

Three major cross border cholera epidemic outbreaks are observed in West and Central Africa region, including the Lake Chad Basin, the West Congo Basin and Lake Tanganyika, with the most significant increases reported in Chad, Cameroon and in western the Democratic Republic of Congo."

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