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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cholera Deaths Soar In Democratic Republic Of Congo

Via Irish Weather Online :

" There has been an increase in the number of cholera cases and deaths in parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo where an outbreak has been ongoing since March, say humanitarian agencies.

At least 6,910 cases and 384 deaths had been reported as of 3 October, according to a report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), compared with a total of 3,896 cases and some 265 deaths by 20 July 2011.

“We cannot know the exact cause of the disease but we know that it has spread from one person to the other due to poor hygiene,” said Laurence Sailly, the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) assistant medical coordinator.

The cholera outbreak was first reported in March in the northeastern province of Orientale before spreading along the River Congo to the capital Kinshasa.

People seeking treatment at various points along the river had exacerbated the spread of the disease as far as Kinshasa, said Sailly."

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