Health officials have announced that the number of cholera cases within the country has risen to 880 as of Friday, April 6. According to local sources, at least 28 fatal cases were also confirmed. Authorities in the affected areas have reportedly implemented public health measures to contain the spread of the disease. The districts most affected by the outbreak include Lilongwe, Karonga, Salima, Kasungu, Nsanje, Dedza, and Nkhatabay. Despite official statements, the rate of infection confirms the cholera outbreak is not yet under control and the disease may continue to spread throughout the area.
Cholera, an infectious disease caused by the Vibrio cholerae bacterium, 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.
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.