Cholera Outbreak Kills 795 In Somalia – UN



The UN said on Wednesday that an outbreak of cholera and acute diarrhea in Somalia has killed 795 people since January.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest bulletin that there was a 19-per cent decrease in the number of new cases in the first week of June.

This, OCHA said, could be attributed to timely and effective intervention efforts over the past months.

The UN which also cited figures from the ministry of health of Somalia reported that in 1979 acute diarrhea and cholera cases and 13 deaths occurred from June 12 to June 18.

OCHA said, of these, 337 cases were reported from Wadajir district in Banadir region.

“A cumulative total of 53,015 cases including 795 deaths have been reported since the cholera outbreak started in January 2017.

“The case-fatality rate of 1.5 percent remains above the emergency threshold of one …

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