from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – OUTBREAKS of cholera sweeping through East and Southern Africa have left at least 13 people dead.
Seven of the 21 countries in the above regions are affected, with 1 681 cases of cholera reported.
Angola, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, Uganda and Zimbabwe are suffering outbreaks.
Apart from Kenya, outbreaks from the rest of the countries spilled over from 2018.
Kenya accounts for 51,3 percent of the total case load reported this year but Zimbabwe has the highest case fatality rates, which is a percentage of deaths from reported cases. The rate is at 6,2 percent for Zimbabwe
Four people have been confirmed dead from the water borne disease in Zimbabwe this year.
Cumulatively, a total of 10 722 cases including 69 deaths have been reported since the beginning of the outbreak in September 2018 in that country.
Six out of ten Zimbabwean provinces are suffering outbreaks.
According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which disclosed the statistics, an analysis of cholera cases reported since the beginning of 2019 from Angola, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe revealed that overall, rural areas accounted for 81,6 percent of the total caseload.
Cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration and even death if untreated. It is caused by eating or drinking contaminated food or water.
– CAJ News