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Friday, August 19, 2011

UN urges action against Somalia cholera

Via Times Live :

" Cases of cholera and acute diarrhoea are on the rise in southern Somalia and require a rapid response, the World Health Organisation and the UN children's agency said.
Some 4,272 cases of cholera or acute watery diarrhoea have been reported in Banadir hospital in the capital Mogadishu alone since January, the agencies said in a statement.

Cholera has also been confirmed in four southern Somalia regions of Banadir, Bay, Mudug and Lower Shabelle and the number of cases has risen, the agencies said, even if most of the cholera cases "are contained and under control".

About 75 percent of all cases of acute watery diarrhoea are among children under the age of five."

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