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Cholera alert in Bujumbura and southern Burundi

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Bujumbura, Burundi,  December 29  (Infosplusgabon) - Some 46 cases of cholera are being treated in hospitals in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi and Rumonge in the south of the country, a source close to the Ministry of Public Health said on Saturday.

 

 

According to the Minister of Public Health, Dr Thaddée Ndikumana, the destruction of latrines and lack of drinking water following the recent rains, are the cause of the resurgence of cholera in Burundi, where the last reported epidemic dates back to 2016.

 

For the time being, only one case has been reported at the Bujumbura University Hospital Centre, the Minister said, adding that urgent measures, including the disinfection of flood-prone Buterere, north of the Burundian capital, are being carried out.

 

The other 45 cases have been recorded in the coastal town of Rumonge of about 100,000 inhabitants, some 72 kilometres south of Bujumbura.

 

In Burundi, cholera is particularly endemic along the shoreline of Lake Tanganyika, the capital, Bujumbura, and in the surrounding plains.

 

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