Fatal cholera epidemic engulfs DRC

A displaced South Sudanese child receives an oral cholera vaccine in a camp for internally displaced people in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound in Tomping, Juba February 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu (SOUTH SUDAN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS HEALTH) - RTR3FTIT

A displaced South Sudanese child receives an oral cholera vaccine in a camp for internally displaced people in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound in Tomping, Juba February 28, 2014. REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu (SOUTH SUDAN – Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS HEALTH) – RTR3FTIT

From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – STRIFE-TORN Democratic Republic Congo is bearing the worst brunt of a deadly cholera crisis sweeping through Central and West Africa since the beginning of the year.
The water-borne disease has claimed the lives of 103 people from 3 635 cases recorded in the DRC in 2017.
This represents over 96 percent of the death toll in the two regions where a total of 107 deaths have been reported from 3 685 cases recorded.
Nigeria is the second worst affected with four deaths from 36 outbreaks.
Ghana and Liberia have recorded six cases each and Ivory Coast reported a single outbreak but there have been no deaths reported in the three countries.
Humanitarian agencies noted cholera incidence remained very high in the beginning of this year, notably in the provinces around the Congo River, from Maniema to Equateur, and through Mongala and Bas Uele Provinces.
Case fatality ratio in these provinces was particularly high in the regions.
There was a notable decrease in the Tanganyika Province.
Cholera is adding to the DRC woes with militancy in the northeast displacing thousands of civilians.
The inhospitable conditions the victims live under have been identified as the major cause of disease.
CAJ News

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