#VOA. | The latest resurgence of cholera in Cameroon has claimed 200 lives in ten months

A resurgence of cholera has claimed 200 lives since October 2021 in Cameroon, where more than 10,300 cases have been listed, announced the Minister of Health. This acute diarrheal disease, from which one can die in a few hours if left untreated, reappears periodically in the country.

Since the start of the cholera epidemic at the end of October 2021, 200 people have died out of a total of 10,322 cases, announced in a tweet the Cameroonian Minister of Health, Manaouda Malachie.

Five of Cameroon’s ten regions, including the Littoral, which includes Douala, the economic capital, and the Center region, which includes the capital Yaoundé, are affected by the epidemic, according to the Minister of Health.

“Attention !!! Let’s observe the hygiene measures”Mr. Malachi urged.

The previous resurgence of cholera had claimed 66 lives in Cameroon between January and August 2020. At the beginning of 2021, the WHO estimated that there were 1.3 to 4 million cases of cholera each year and 21,000 to 143,000 deaths due to this disease in the world.

“Safe, oral cholera vaccines should be used in conjunction with improved water supply and sanitation to limit cholera outbreaks and promote prevention in areas known to be at high risk”according to the UN organization.

Source: VOA-AFP.

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