Cholera Outbreak in Côte d'Ivoire

A cholera outbreak in Côte d'Ivoire's capital Abidjan has claimed seven lives, according to the UN Children's agency UNICEF.

Cholera patients receiving treatment

Cholera patients receiving treatment

35 cholera cases have been reported in the Abidjan neighbourhood of Adjamé.

Head of UNICEF in Côte d’Ivoire Sylvie Dossou says the outbreak has a fatality rate of 20 per cent which is unacceptably high.

UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) have mobilized their staff and other partners to respond to the outbreak.

The agencies are providing 250,000 bars of soap, five cholera treatment kits with enough drugs and supplies to treat 1,000 patients.

3,000 public awareness posters urging everyone to wash their hands with soap at critical times of the day and promoting safe hygiene practices are also being distributed.

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