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On January 1, 2023, Burundi’s Minister of Public Health declared an outbreak of cholera in the East African country.


In a press release, officials said nine suspected cases of cholera were identified on December 30, 2022 in the northern health district of the commercial capital Bujumbura with symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting, mainly in Bukirasazi district, in Kinama area.

The next day, two other suspected cases were identified in the Mutakura district, near Bukirasazi.
The cholera outbreak came as heavy rains hit several parts of Bujumbura and its surroundings from December 26 to 31 [2022], causing overflowing toilets.

Two persons have died of cholera, precisely at the Kajaga beach on Lake Tanganyika, a provincial health official said.

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The latest data from the World Health Organization states as of 6 January, 42 suspected cases have been reported with no deaths. Four districts have reported one or several cases: Budjumbura North (19 cases), Cibitoke (17 cases), Isale (four cases), and Bujumbura Centre (two cases).

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