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DRC: Cholera outbreak continues nationwide /update 6

Cholera outbreak continues nationwide as of mid-October; at least 38,000 cases and 880 deaths reported in 2018

06 Nov 08:58 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 11/1/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/30/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Kinshasa). COUNTRY/REGION DRC

Event

As of mid-October, the Congolese Ministry of Health has registered more than 880 deaths among 38,000 cases of cholera since the beginning of 2018. The disease is present in 22 of DRC's 26 provinces and rates of contraction are increasing in Tanganyika, South Kivu, Lomami, and Kongo Central, though the situation is improving in Kasai.

Context

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 since the outbreak began in 2017. Cholera is typically spread via infected water supplies and induces acute diarrhea leading to severe dehydration, frequently resulting in death.

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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