Serious outbreak of diarrhoea hits Djibouti, cases more than double

child from Djibouti

The number of cases of acute watery diarrhea or AWD has more than doubled in Djibouti over the past 12 months.

 The situation has been aggravated by the drought and influx of refugees and economic migrants from neighbouring countries. 

According to the Djibouti Ministry of Health, some 5,000 cases have been reported this year compared to about 2,000 cases in 2010.

Since October, two people have died from the disease, which the World Health Organization (WHO) says has the same symptoms as cholera. 

 WHO Spokesman Tarik Jasarevic explains:

What is really important is that it is treated absolutely in the same way. The treatment is absolutely the same. People are referred to centres to get ORS or if complicated cases to get AVS fluids or antibiotics so it is absolutely  the same thing. “

A drought struck Djibouti earlier this year. WHO has since been training health workers and setting up treatment centres to provide medical assistance.

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