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7 dead in Ivory Coast cholera outbreak

7 dead in Ivory Coast cholera outbreak

The head of UNICEF in Ivory Coast says that a cholera outbreak in a neighborhood of Abidjan killed at least seven people and sickened 35 others.
UNICEF country chief Sylvie Dossou says the fatality rate of 20 percent in the Adjame neighborhood is "unacceptably high."
Cholera is an acute diarrheal infection that is transmitted through lack of hygiene and dirty water. Although easy to treat, the infection can be extremely virulent, killing victims in less than 6 hours.
It is unclear if the outbreak is linked to Ivory Coast's political troubles. The country was plunged into crisis after a Nov. 28 election. The results showed the sitting president had lost, but he has refused to leave office, setting off a wave of violence.


Updated : 2021-04-13 02:47 GMT+08:00