The National Epidemiological Corporation has declared a cholera epidemic in Sudan. At least 820 people have died as a result of the disease, out of a total of 23,776 cases, since the beginning of May 2017. Cases have been reported in White Nile state, Kosti, Wedelkaki, Rabak, El Jebelein, El Duweim, Khartoum, and Red Nile state, among others.
The rainy season is expected to lead to an increase in transmission rates in the coming month. A spokesman for the National Epidemiological Corporation has warned that the epidemic would impact all Sudanese states in less than two months if not brought under control.
Diarrheal diseases are common in Sudan. Cholera is an infectious disease caused by the Vibrio cholerae bacteria that can induce acute diarrhea. 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.
To reduce the risk of contracting cholera, wash hands regularly, drink only bottled or purified water, and avoid eating raw or undercooked foods. Seek immediate medical care if you believe you may have contracted the disease.
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