Efforts made to contain cholera outbreak in South Sudan

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The World Health Organization

Health experts are closely monitoring the situation in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, where one person has died of cholera and 18 people are suspected to have caught the infection.

South Sudan's Ministry of Health on Thursday officially declared an outbreak of cholera which is transmitted by contaminated food or water.

Dr Dominique Legros from the World Health Organization said that the first person who contracted it developed symptoms at the end of April.

"We did the investigation immediately and it seems that he got contaminated outside of the camp. He is living in one camp called Juba3/UN House. This camp has been vaccinated against cholera during the months of March and April. So far in that camp we have no additional suspected cases, but within the city of Juba, outside the camp overall 18 suspected cases of cholera were reported." (26")

Dr Legros said it is difficult to quickly confirm the cases by laboratory analysis because all the results have to be sent to Nairobi, Kenya.

A cholera response plan has been activated.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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