DRC: Cholera makes more than 800 dead

Cholera has suffered 857 deaths since the beginning of the year in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to statistics released on Wednesday by the WHO Local Office.

This epidemiological increase is particularly aggravated by the awakening of dormant cells in homes registered last year.

The most affected populations are those living in "health zones adjacent to large rivers, also in those areas with scarce drinking water supply or those with hygiene problems," the WHO said.

At least one case of cholera was reported in 21 of the 26 provinces. The provinces of Kasai Oriental, Lomami in the central part, South Kivu, Tanganyika and Upper Katanga in the east of the country are the most affected provinces.

Over the past year, 5500 cases of cholera were killed in the DRC. According to the WHO response plan, the most appropriate method is to vaccinate high-risk populations.

The vaccination campaign will target more than six million people by 2020. In 2018, DRC, in addition to cholera, will face the tenth outbreak of the Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri.

Ebola has killed 212 people since August 1. Epidemic has hit the city of Beni, where the hygiene reaction is complicated by the killing of the armed group ADF.

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