Cholera deaths soaring in Eastern, Southern Africa

FILE--- In this file photo of Saturday May 24, 2014, Relatives of Samual Moro, 30, grieve after he died of cholera, outside the cholera isolation ward at the Juba Teaching Hospital in the capital Juba, South Sudan,UNICEF says 11 people have died in a suspected cholera outbreak in South Sudan. The organization said Tuesday there are 72 suspected cases so far, including 36 in the capital, Juba. Others are in Bor and Terekeka counties.(AP Photo/Matthew Abbott/file)

FILE— In this file photo of Saturday May 24, 2014, Relatives of Samual Moro, 30, grieve after he died of cholera, outside the cholera isolation ward at the Juba Teaching Hospital in the capital Juba, South Sudan,UNICEF says 11 people have died in a suspected cholera outbreak in South Sudan. The organization said Tuesday there are 72 suspected cases so far, including 36 in the capital, Juba. Others are in Bor and Terekeka counties.(AP Photo/Matthew Abbott/file)

From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – MORE than 1 550 people have died from a raging cholera outbreak afflicting the Eastern and Southern Africa Regions since the beginning of the year.
The deaths have been recorded from 102 800 outbreaks in Angola, Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Somalia accounts for 76,6 percent of the total cases reported, followed by South Sudan at 15,9 percent.
Over the past four weeks, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), Tanzania has reported the highest number of new cases with 125.
Cumulatively, the conflict-torn South Sudan has recorded the highest case fatality ration.
Heavy rains have been cited as the main culprit of the outbreak but poor sanitation is commonplace in the affected regions.
Conflict and subsequent displacements in such countries as Burundi,Somalia and South Sudan have exacerbated the outbreak of the water borne disease in the respective countries.
CAJ News

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