On Monday, September 10, health officials announced that the cholera outbreak ongoing since the beginning of August in Algeria was nearly over. As of Monday, a total of 98 cases and two deaths had been reported, and only three people remained hospitalized. According to reports, the outbreak has been linked to the consumption of contaminated fruit.
The cholera bacteria 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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