Cholera crisis claims hundreds

drc-choleraFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) -THE Democratic Republic of Congo has emerged the country worst affected by a deadly cholera epidemic that claimed at least 850 lives in Central and West Africa.
About 31 000 cases were reported, with a fatality rate of 3%.
The majority of cases, 92%, are from the Congo River basin and besides DRC, other countries in that region affected are Central African Republic and Congo Brazaville.
The south of the Guinea Gulf basin faced two large outbreaks, in Benin (874 cases), with a spread in the state of Lagos in Nigeria.
Sporadic cases have also been reported on Togo (Lomé).
The second outbreak happened in Ghana with 602 cases in this basin onset at the end of the year.
Other countries in the sub-region such as Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Liberia have reported suspected cases unconfirmed in laboratory.
The United Nations Children’s Fund said only Burkina Faso, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Mauritania and Senegal were cholera-free.

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