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Cameroon: 45 deaths of cholera in this country


#Other countries : 44 new cases were recorded between 23 and 29 October 2018 in the northern and far-north regions bordering neighboring Nigeria where vibrios cholera occurred. Health authorities intend to intensify the response to eradicating the epidemic.

The cholera outbreak that has raged since May 2018 in Cameroon has caused the death of 45 people in the country from 634 suspected cases. Forty-four new cases were reported between 23 and 29 October 2018 in the northern region (36) and far north (8), according to the latest figures released by the Ministry of Public Health. Both of these regions are bordered by Nigeria where more than 27,000 cholera patients have been registered. Therefore the urgency to intensify the response to reverse the curve, said Cameroon health authorities.

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During a strategy evaluation meeting implemented to fight cholera in the country on October 31 in Yaounde, the capital, the Minister of Public Health, Andre Mama Fouda, asked his team to "multiply hard work so that the epidemic was initially contained in this part of the country, before it was eradicated". But the situation is difficult especially in the Far North region because of insecurity related to the abuse of the Boko Haram terrorist sect. The situation is increasing vulnerability with the entry of Nigerian refugees in areas where there is a shortage of severe drinking water.

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"Don't neglect any solution to stop the chain of transmission," the minister said, announcing that the Central and Litoral areas affected at the time were no longer. 950 community health workers have been trained, including 750 in the North and Far North to detect cases, we study.

As a reminder, cholera is an acute diarrheal disease that can die within a few hours if left untreated. Symptoms appear between 12 hours and 5 days after consumption of contaminated food or water, informing the World Health Organization (WHO). If an epidemic occurs, it is advisable to pay attention to hygiene rules such as washing hands regularly with clean water and soap, routinely using latrines, washing food and food that is well-cooked, leaving funeral care for professionals, etc.

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