Somalia launches cholera eradication campaign

The health ministry of Somalia has launched a new initiative to eradicate cholera, aiming to educate at least one person in every house about the potentially deadly disease.
The ministry plans to launch the campaign in Mogadishu, the country's capital, according to According to the World Health Organization, Somalia has had 60,000 cases of cholera since January, with the majority of cases in children under five years of age.
Christian Lindmeier, a WHO spokesperson, told journalists in Geneva that the country recorded 6,300 cholera cases in November alone. While cholera is endemic in Somalia, the cases dropped after 2007 because of improved hygiene and sanitation. The massive population is one of the major causes of the spread of the epidemic.
Hundreds of thousands of Somalis have fled the country, seeking refuge in neighboring states amid the area's worst drought in decades, reports.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cholera is an acute, diarrheal disease that is caused by an intestinal infection with the Vibrio cholerae bacterium. There are an estimated three to five million cases with more than 100,000 deaths worldwide each year. While infection is typically mild or without symptoms, it can sometimes be severe and without treatment, death can occur within hours.