FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018

Cholera outbreak continues in Guinea

An outbreak of cholera in Guinea that has killed 60 people since February shows no signs of easing.

Guinea's health ministry has recorded 2,054 cases of the waterborne illness since the outbreak began. The worst affected areas include the capital of Conakry and the south-western city of Forecariah, according to AFP.

A total of 13 people have died in the capital since the onset of the outbreak. Twenty-three have died in Forecariah.

The international aid organization Doctors Without Borders recently announced that it had increased the number of hospital beds in the area to 600 to prepare for the height of the outbreak. Unicef and Action Against Hunger, two other aid organizations, said that they have donated hygiene kits containing soap and water purification tablets.

Guinean health authorities have begun running awareness campaigns in an effort to stem the outbreak, but they have yet to show results, AFP reports.

Nearby Sierra Leone, Mali and Niger have also experienced cholera outbreaks. High levels of malnourishment as a result of drought have exacerbated the affects of the illness.

Poorly maintained water and sanitation systems have given rise to the disease, which is caused by ingesting contaminated food and water. The illness causes acute diarrhea and vomiting and can kill within hours, according to the World Health Organization.