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22 Nov 2018 | 07:33 PM UTC

Cameroon: Nationwide cholera outbreak continues

Cameroon News Alert

Nationwide cholera outbreak continues as of mid-November 2018; 54 deaths reported since May 2018

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/22/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/28/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Douala). COUNTRY/REGION Cameroon, Far North, North

Event

As of November 22, at least 863 suspected cases of cholera have been reported in an outbreak ongoing since May in four regions of the country. At least 54 associated deaths have been reported. The most affected areas include the Far North and North regions.

Context

Cholera, an infectious disease caused by the Vibrio cholerae bacterium, is endemic in Cameroon. 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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