The Central and West African regions are under siege from a cholera outbreak that has infected over 1,000 people in Nigeria, Cameroun, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Congo-Brazzaville.
In its latest epidemiological update report for the two regions which also suffer from the impacts of ongoing civil and political strife, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said 828 cholera cases have been reported from 12 states of Nigeria while 38 cases and 4 deaths were confirmed in northern Cameroon between May 18 and July 9, 2018.
“In the Democratic Republic of Congo, more than 500 cholera cases reported were reported by Week 25 and 26, despite an overall low completeness. The Grand Kasaï region gathers almost half of the total reported cases with a high lethality,” the report said.
In the neighbouring Republic of Congo (distinctly known as Congo-Brazzaville, 1 confirmed and 5 suspected cases were under management in the Brazzaville local government area by mid-week.
To date, one out of the 5 cases has tested negative. Tests results for the other cases are still pending.
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