In a follow-up to a report last week, the cholera outbreak in Ghana has increased both in number of cases and in death toll, according to a Reuters report Friday.

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The Ghana Health Service (GHS) say the cholera outbreak has infected some 5,000 people and killed at least 67 since June, this is up from 3,000 and 40 reported last week, respectively.

The outbreak is mostly centered on the poor urban communities of the capital city of Accra, where 54 or 80% of the deaths have occurred.

Linda Van-Otoo, GHS director for Greater Accra said, “It is not only a health issue, there is a big element of environmental sanitation.”

Cholera is a bacterial disease that can cause diarrhea and dehydration. Cholera is most often spread through the ingestion of contaminated foodor drinking water. Water may be contaminated by the feces of an infected person or by untreated sewage. Food is often contaminated by water containing cholera bacteria or by being handled by a person ill with cholera. For more infectious disease news and informationvisit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page