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CHOLERA, DIARRHEA AND DYSENTERY UPDATE: AFRICA

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:29am -- mmcilwain
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
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5.15215
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46.19960

An important outbreak of acute watery diarrhea is sweeping through Doolo zone, in Ethiopia's Somali region, exacerbated by one of the worst droughts in 30 years. In response, teams from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) are working alongside Ethiopian health authorities to bring the outbreak under control, while warning that more external funding and resources are urgently needed to stop the disease from spreading further. Officially declared on [7 Apr 2017], the outbreak has affected more than 16 000 people in the whole region since the start of 2017, with about 3500 new cases per month, according to local authorities. The government has so far deployed over 1200 health professionals, including nurses and doctors, and set up 100 centres to treat people with the disease. Even if an overall decline in acute watery diarrhea numbers is registered in the region, the risk of re-infection remains high. For more information: http://www.promedmail.org/direct.php?id=20170425.4994572