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Dozens killed in cholera epidemic in Democratic Republic of the Congo

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The Lusambo Health Zone had the highest number of cases and deaths, with 308 cases and 24 deaths reported.

Cholera is a bacterial disease that is usually spread through contaminated water, causing severe diarrhea and dehydration. (AA)

A cholera outbreak in central Sankuru province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has killed 48 people, local media reported, citing health officials.

Health authorities detected 401 cases of cholera between 15 and 21 August, according to a report published by the independent French-language news website Actualites CD.

The Lusambo Health Zone had the highest number of cases and deaths, with 308 cases and 24 deaths reported.

Dr Eime Arengo, Sankuru State Health Director, said they are working with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the media, churches and communities to raise awareness about how to avoid cholera.

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Arengo said he is encouraging communities to wash their hands, avoid open defecation, and use aquatabs in their drinking water to prevent infection.

Cholera is a bacterial disease that is usually spread through contaminated water, causing severe diarrhea and dehydration.

The Sankuru province is also battling other diseases such as measles, monkeypox, acute respiratory infections and meningitis, according to reports.

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Source: AA

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