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Cholera is wreaking havoc in the Democratic Republic of Congo right now. The waterborne illness has been found in at least 20 of the 26 states in the DRC. It has also led to more than 500 deaths and over 24,000 cases of it this year. This is particularly worrying as the country is struggling with some of the worst violence it has seen in recent years. The violence has led to more than 1 million people being displaced from their homes. This displacement may also be adding to the spreading of Cholera. As the refugees flee, they are packed into camps and areas that are already highly populated, which leads to more unsanitary conditions and higher rates of illness.

 

2017-09-11 DRC (IOL) The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that more than 500 people have died in the cholera epidemic that is sweeping across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Furthermore, Congo remains vulnerable to the deadly disease due to poor sanitation and a lack of access to clean drinking water, as well as the continuing fighting in the country.

This year the epidemic has hit the capital Kinshasa, as well as at least 10 other urban areas, and is of particular concern due to the approximately 1.4 million displaced by the ongoing violence in Congo’s central Kasai region.

WHO reported on Sunday that at least 528 people had died as the disease spread to 20 of Congo’s 26 provinces.

More than 24,000 cases have been recorded across the country so far by health officials this year, averaging more than 1,500 new cases per week since the end of July. 

 

 

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