Health officials in Burundi have reported an outbreak of cholera in eastern provinces of the country. According to local sources, at least 167 cases, including two associated deaths, have been reported in Rumonge and Bujumbura. Further spread of the disease is possible in the near term.
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.
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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