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UN raises alarm over cholera outbreak in Africa

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Dujarric recalled that the Burundian Ministry of Health declared the cholera epidemic on January first of this yearmanaging the response with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), several NGOs and the Red Cross.

At the moment, there are 73 suspected cases, 21 confirmed cases, 20 people hospitalized and one death, according to the health authorities of the African country.

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The cases, according to a last balance, They focus on four districts of the countryDue to the insufficient drinking wateraccording to the Iwacu newspaper, quoted by the Europa Press agency.

“The response includes medical services and assistance to increase access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation facilities to prevent the spread of cholera among high-risk communities,” the spokesperson added.

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What is cholera disease

It is a bacterial disease (Vibrio Cholerae), which is generally transmitted by water. It is deadly, if not treated immediately.

For its part, this bacterium lives in water, shellfish and plankton. Furthermore, it is resistant to cold and heat, but sensitive to lack of water and sunlight.

Symptoms

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • vomiting
  • dehydration
  • seizures
  • shock
  • Relatively painful muscle cramps and/or numbness in the legs

Treatment

  • rehydration
  • intravenous therapy
  • antibiotics

Source: Ambito

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