Cameroonian authorities reported an outbreak of cholera in the south of the country on Wednesday, July 8. The outbreak has killed 12 people in the village of Londji, 15km (9 miles) from the town of Kribi, and 62 confirmed cases have been identified, with a further 21 suspected cases. The regional governor announced that a major vaccination campaign would soon begin in the village, in an attempt to limit the spread of the disease.
Further spread of the disease is to be anticipated in the coming weeks.
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 days.
Those in the Kribi area are advised to take preventative measures against the spread of cholera, including drinking bottled water and ensuring food is thoroughly cooked. All those travelling to Cameroon should ensure that they have received all relevant recommended vaccinations.
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