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18 Aug 2018 | 01:36 PM UTC

DRC: Cholera outbreak in Kasaï-Oriental

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Cholera outbreak continues in Kasaï-Oriental; at least 808 cases reported as of mid-June

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/27/2018, 12:00 AM until 7/4/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Kinshasa). COUNTRY/REGION Kasaï-Oriental province

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Health officials have reported an outbreak of cholera in the Kasaï-Oriental region with at least 750 confirmed cases, including 75 associated deaths, between January 1 and June 25. The most affected areas include the town of Mbujimayi.


Cholera, an infectious disease caused by the Vibrio cholerae bacterium, is endemic to the DRC and has become a major public health issue throughout the country. Cholera is typically spread via infected water supplies and induces acute diarrhea leading to severe dehydration, frequently resulting in death. The risk of death is greatest among people with compromised immune systems, such as malnourished children or those living with HIV. However, even among healthy adults, cholera can be fatal within a matter of hours.


To reduce the risk of contracting cholera, wash hands regularly, drink only bottled or purified water, and avoid eating raw or undercooked foods. Individuals who believe they may have contracted cholera should seek immediate medical attention.


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