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Cholera outbreak in Cameroon: Seventeen die so far

Seventeen people have died of cholera in Cameroon’s center and northern regions since the outbreak was declared in mid-July, the country’s Public Health ministry said monday.

In the same regions, where the cholera vibrio case fatality rate is 1.6 percent and 9.9 percent respectively, 235 suspected cases were reported, of which 23 were confirmed while five other regions are considered at “high risk.”

Faced with growing risks, Cameroonian authorities, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), say they are updating the linear list, continuing prevention, surveillance, investigations and sanitation operations and strengthening the capacities of medical staff.

The authorities have however expressed concerns related to the supply of inputs, the follow-up of contacts in the country’s ten regions and the launch of an immunization campaign in the Minawao refugee camp, opened in July 2013 to respond to the massive influx of Nigerian refugees fleeing Boko Haram.

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