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20 Jan 2019 | 08:18 AM UTC

Uganda: Cholera outbreak reported in Kampala

Uganda News Alert

Cholera outbreak reported in Kampala; at least ten cases confirmed as of mid-January

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/16/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/23/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Kampala). COUNTRY/REGION Uganda

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Event

Health officials in Uganda have reported an outbreak of cholera in Kampala and its surrounding suburbs. According to local sources, at least ten cases have been reported in the Makindye and Rubaga areas of the city as of mid-January. Further spread of the disease is possible in the near term.

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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