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24 Feb 2019 | 04:56 AM UTC

Uganda: Cholera outbreak continues in Kampala as of mid-February /update 2

Uganda News Alert

Cholera outbreak continues in Kampala; at least 53 cases reported as of mid-February

TIMEFRAME expected from 2/21/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/3/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Kampala). COUNTRY/REGION Uganda

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Event

Health officials in Uganda continue to report an outbreak of cholera in Kampala and its surrounding suburbs. According to local sources, at least 53 cases, including three associated death, have been reported in the area as of mid-February. 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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