KAMPALA-The number of people killed by an outbreak of cholera in Uganda rose to 35, which amounts to more than 1,400 infected, health authorities confirmed today.

The outbreak was reported for the first time last month at the Kyangwali refugee camp in the Hoima district (centre-west), but has spread to several villages, and most of those affected are Congolese refugees.

Starting from Monday evening, we had recorded 1,439 cases of cholera, of which 35 died, reported the president of the district work group, Nicholas Kwikiriza.

The doctor added that people's efforts to access sanitation, water and hygiene are promoted, but some communities have low coverage of latrines.

For his part, the commissioner of Hoima, John Stephen Ekoom, assured that surveillance has been intensified along the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to ensure that all refugees are checked. Cholera is an acute intestinal infectious-contagious disease that is usually transmitted through the consumption of food and water contaminated by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae, and causes severe diarrhoea and dehydration.



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