Cholera Outbreak In Africa: Massive 140 Persons Dead In Cameroon
A massive number of persons have died of cholera since the outbreak in October 2021, Agency reports.
Cameroon Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute said cholera has killed about 140 persons since late 2021.
He disclosed the alarming data on Wednesday in a statement released to the press.
PM Ngute raised concerns about the spike in cholera cases in Africa, especially Cameroon.
“The updated epidemiological situation report shows a total of 7,287 notified cases, including 140 deaths, since October 2021.
“Three regions continue to record new patients.”
The regions in reference are the Littoral region, the West region, and the English-speaking Southwest region.
He also said that a vaccination campaign was fixed to commence
What is Cholera?
This is a severe form of diarrhoea. It is caused by a germ generated from poor hygiene or sanitation. Cholera occurs when this germ is transmitted from infested food or water.
How Is Cholera Treated?
It is usually treated with antibiotics and through adequate hydration.
Can the Severe Diarrhoea Kill?
Health experts say if cholera is left untreated, it can kill in a few hours.
Cameroon and the outbreak
According to the Agency reports, the infection occurs periodically in Cameroon. Cameroon is a West African nation with about 25 million population.
The previous epidemic occurred between January and August 2020, and 66 people died.
The infection occurred when people consumed food and water carrying the disease-causing germ.
World Health Organisation gave an estimate on the cases and deaths in early 2021.
According to the UN Health agency, 1.3 and four million cases of cholera were recorded annually around the world.
It also said the cases led to 21,000 and 143,000 deaths in the world.
Source: PUNCH HealthWise