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31 Aug 2018 | 10:44 AM UTC

Algeria: Cholera cases decrease /update 1

Algeria News Alert

Cholera cases decrease in northern Algeria; only Blida province still affected

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/31/2018, 12:00 AM until 9/5/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Algiers). COUNTRY/REGION Blida

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Event

Health officials announced that the cholera outbreak ongoing since the beginning of August in Algiers, as well as Blida, Tipaza, and Bouira provinces only currently subsists in the Blida province. Since the beginning of the outbreak, 62 confirmed cases were recorded, including two deaths, reported as of Friday, August 31. According to reports, the outbreak has been linked to the consumption of contaminated fruit.

Context

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.

Advice

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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