FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018

Cholera strikes world's largest refugee camp

On Tuesday, the United Nations refugee agency declared an outbreak of cholera in Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp in Kenya.
The outbreak is believed to have started among new arrivals who most likely acquired it in Somalia or en route to the camp. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said the situation in Dadaab, home to Somalis fleeing conflict and famine, is being worsened by heavy rains and the accompanying risks of waterborne diseases, Xinhua reports.
"Rains and flooding had affected the trucking of water to parts of the camps, and we fear some refugees resorted to using unsafe water from flooded areas," the UNHRC said in a statement, according to Xinhua.
According to UNHCR, there are now 60 cases in the camps, including 10 confirmed by a laboratory, and one refugee death.

UNHCR and its partners have set up cholera treatment centers for the severe cases to manage the outbreak. The agency said that most cases of the disease can be managed through oral rehydration solutions that can be given at the health posts or at home.
"We are working with UNICEF and the Ministry of Health to train health workers in the community-based management of diarrhea so that patients can begin treatment at home," UNHRC said, according to Xinhua.
Dadaab is home to more than 400,000 registered refugees, nearly all of them Somali. An estimated 70,000 people arrived in July and August as conditions in their homeland quickly deteriorated.