200 deaths from cholera outbreaks reported in Cameroon | News
Cameroon’s Health Minister, Manaouda Malachie, reported this Friday that since October 2021, 200 people have died in that country as a result of cholera outbreaks.
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In a message broadcast through the social network Twitter, the holder of the portfolio specified that 10,322 cases of this acute diarrheal disease, which can be fatal, have been reported in the period.
He added that the disease was detected in five of the ten regions of the African country, including Litoral (where the economic capital, Douala, is located) and Centro, which is the seat of the administrative capital, Yaoundé.
Since its outbreak on 10/21/2021, the cholera epidemic situation shows:
– notified cases: 10,322
– culture-confirmed cases: 902
– deaths: 200
– activate regions: Centre, East, Littoral, West and South-West
Attention!! Let’s observe hygiene measures.
— Dr MANAOUDA MALACHIE (@DrManaouda)
August 4, 2022
Malachie asked communities to observe proper hygiene standards. Previously, the health authorities launched an awareness campaign to promote clean spaces, hand washing and other effective measures to reduce the impact of the disease.
According to the media, this condition, caused by the Vibrio cholerae bacterium, is recurrent in Cameroon, a nation of more than 22 million inhabitants where a previous outbreak, which occurred between January and August 2020, caused the death of 66 people.
Press reports refer that cholera can be acquired by patients by contaminating water and food. His treatment includes rehydration, intravenous therapy and use of antibiotics.