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21 Jan 2019 | 10:13 AM UTC

DRC: Cholera outbreak in Haut-Katanga

DR Congo News Alert

Cholera outbreak reported in Haut-Katanga province including in Lubumbashi; at least 1300 cases reported since August 2018

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/21/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/28/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Kinshasa). COUNTRY/REGION Haut-Katanga province, DRC

Event

On Friday, January 18, health authorities reported an outbreak of cholera in Haut-Katanga province, including in its capital Lubumbashi. According to local health authorities, at least 1300 cases, including 64 related deaths, have been reported since August 2018. Further spread of the disease is possible in the near term.

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.

Between January and November 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) registered at least 857 deaths among the more than 25,000 recorded cholera cases.

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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