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Monday, May 24, 2010

Uganda : Cholera outbreak kills six in eastern Uganda

Via Xinhua :

" MBALE, Uganda, May 22 : An outbreak of cholera following frequent floods in eastern Uganda has left six people dead and dozens more admitted in hospital, local authorities said here on Saturday.

"Since the outbreak of the deadly disease early this week, cholera has now killed six people in two sub counties of Mulanda and Kirewa," Emmanuel Osuna, the district local council chairman told Xinhua on the phone.

The outbreak in Tororo district, eastern Uganda, was a result of recent flash floods that ravaged parts of the mountainous area following torrential rains, local officials said.

"We have so far received about fifty cases in the main hospital.

It has forced the district authorities to set up reception centers that will handle emergencies as the medics struggle to treat them amidst scarcity of the drugs in the hospital," said Osuna."

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