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.
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.
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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