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Cholera outbreak kills 38 – WHO

Author : Memoscar Lasuba | Published: Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Thirty-eight people have died of the ongoing cholera outbreak, while more than 2600 cases have been reported in different parts of the country, the World Health Organization has said.

The cases have been recorded since the declaration of the outbreak in July.

WHO says the more than 2600 cases have been confirmed in eight states of Jubek, Terekeka, Jonglei, Imatong and Eastern Lakes.

Others were in Western Bieh, Northern Liech, and Southern Liech states.

The health organization says Juba county of Jubek state had the highest spread of the disease, with nearly 2000 recorded cases recorded since July.

Jubek was followed by Awerial (in former Lakes) and Fangak (in former Jonglei) counties, where more than 200 cases were registered in each state by the end of October alone.

However, WHO says in Jubek, Western Bieh, Northern Liech, and Southern Liech, there were low grade transmissions of the disease recently.

Out of the 38 death cases reported, 18 of them occurred in health facilities, slightly less than those in the communities.

The Agency country representative, Usman Abdulmumini says an active conflict in former unity state is making it difficult to control the disease from spreading.

Mr. Usman says national and state level cholera taskforce committees are   coordinating preparedness and response activities in areas still experiencing the outbreak.

Cholera is contracted by drinking or eating contaminated water or food. It can be prevented through proper hygiene and sanitation.

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