At Least 200 People Die of Cholera in Cameroon

Yaounde, July 29 (QNA) – An outbreak of cholera has killed more than 200 people in northern Cameroon over the past two months, the health ministry said Tuesday.

More than 1,500 people have been infected with the water-born bacteria, said Rebecca Djao, a health delegate for the northern region of the country.

Cholera is an acute intestinal illness that causes severe stomach aches, diarrhea and vomiting. The disease is contracted by drinking water or eating foods contaminated with the cholera bacteria, dpa reported.

Depending on access to treatment, the mortality rate for those infected can range from 1 to 60 per cent.

Only one in 20 citizens have access to toilets and less than a third to safe drinking water in the West African nation of 22 million people, said Minister of Public Works Andre Mama Fouda.

More than 4,000 people died during a similar Cholera outbreak in 2010.(QNA)

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