Rampaging cholera kills hundreds across Africa

From ALLOYCE KIMBUNGA in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
DAR-ES-SALAAM, (CAJ News) – A rampant cholera outbreak has killed about 1 500 people in East and Southern Africa since the beginning of the year.
The death toll is out of 100 780 cases of the water borne disease reported in 12 of the 21 countries in the two regions.
Angola, Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe are affected.
While most countries have reported a decline in outbreaks during recent months, Burundi and Tanzania are experiencing a rise.
During the past week, 102 new cases have been reported in Tanzania, compared to 67 in the previous week.
Cases have emerged from the Iringa, Katavi and Mbeya regions.
Inadequate sanitation facilities, open defecation and street food vending is blamed.
In Burundi, the current outbreak is linked to a similar eruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Central Africa.
At least 24 cases have been reported in the past week in Burundi, compared to 34 the previous week.
Most of the cases emerged from the city centre of Nyanza Lac.
Last year, some 2 580 people died from 147 700 cases of cholera in East and Southern Africa.
Somalia was the worst affected with 1 663 deaths.
– CAJ News

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