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Mozambique has recorded 1,462 cases of cholera following a recent outbreak, VOA Radio reported, quoting medical sources.
It is the third consecutive year that Mozambique was suffering a cholera epidemic.
In 2015, 41 people died in one of the country’s worst ever cholera outbreaks.
The Mozambican deputy director of public health, Mr Benigna Matsinhe, Tuesday told a press conference that the cholera outbreak had afflicted 1,222 people and killed two.
He warned that the epidemic was spreading fast.
The capital Maputo alone has recorded 310 cases of cholera, according to Mr Matsinhe.
Cholera is a highly contagious, dose-dependent disease caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholera when ingested via contaminated water or food.
It normally attacks during Mozambique’s rainy season, between October and March.
The epidemic, associated mostly with unsanitary living conditions, can cause severe diarrhoea, dehydration and in the worst cases, death.
Mozambique has been deluged by heavy rains since October, following two years of drought.
Mozambique, with a population of 24 million spread across 10 provinces, ranks 180th on the UN Human Development Index out of 188 countries.
It is one of the world’s poorest states, with a majority of the population surviving on less than $1 a day.
Source: Africa Review
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