Health officials have reported an outbreak of cholera in Algiers, as well as Blida, Tipaza, and Bouira provinces. At least 88 cases, including 41 confirmed cases have been reported as of Friday, August 24. According to reports, the outbreak has been linked to the consumption of contaminated fruit.
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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