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69 cholera deaths in 2 weeks

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Malawi has lost 69 people to cholera in the past 15 days.

Computed data from Ministry of Health’s daily updates on the outbreak indicate that 2,318 new cases have been registered since November 1 2022.

On October 4 this year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Ministry of Health stressed the need for the country to contain cholera before the rainy season.

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WHO Country Representative Neema Rusibamayila Kimambo and Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda highlighted the need for concerted efforts because the disease spreads quicker in the rainy season than in summer.

Over one month later, the disease is yet to be contained, having spread its tentacles to all 29 districts.

As of Tuesday this week, the cumulative number of cases and deaths was at 8,374 and 252, respectively.

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According to WHO, 14 countries in Africa have reported cholera outbreaks this year.

Cholera is an acute diarrhoea infection contracted when a person consumes water of food contaminated with the cholera bacteria.

The disease is prevented by practising standard hygiene such as washing hands with soap and proper use of toilets.

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