Cholera remains a health threat in Sierra Leone

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Cholera outbreak

A cholera outbreak  in Sierra Leone which has claimed more than 250 lives shows no sign of slowing down.

This warning has come from the World Health Organization (WHO) which is stepping up efforts to help local authorities contain the disease. 

WHO spokesperson, Tarik Jasarevic says emphasis is being placed on early detection of cases and timely provision of treatment at the district levels in order to reduce deaths. 

"As of last week, there was a total of 16,360 cases including 255 deaths. The western area of the country where the capital city ofFreetownwas located, reported more than 60 per cent of all new cases. A Cholera Control and Command Centre had been established at the WHO Country Office inFreetownto strengthen coordination, and support the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and other health providers to implement activities related to the Cholera Preparedness and Response Operation Plan."

(Duration: 28") 

Cholera is transmitted by contaminated food and water caused by unsanitary conditions.

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