DRC: Cholera killed more than 800 people



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Cholera has made 857 deaths since the beginning of the year in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to statistics released Wednesday by the local office of the World Health Organization (WHO).

This epidemiological surge was especially exacerbated by the building of inactive cells in homes registered last year.

The most affected populations are those who live in "health zones bordering large rivers, as well as areas with deficits in drinking water supply systems or those with sanitation problems" underlining WHO.

At least one case of cholera has been reported in 21 of the 26 provinces in the country. The provinces most affected by the surge in disease are Kasai Oriental, Lomami in the center, Kivu Selatan, Tanganyika, and Upper Katanga in the east of the country.

Over the past year, cholera has killed 1,190 people in the DRC for 55,000 cases. According to the WHO response plan, vaccination of high-risk populations is the preferred method.

Vaccination campaigns will target more than six million people by 2020. By 2018, in addition to cholera, DRC faces the 10th Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces.

Ebola has killed 212 people since August 1. This epidemic attacked the city of Beni, where the sanitation response was complicated by the killing of armed ADF groups.

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