Cholera stabilises in Kinshasa

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By Staff Reporter

The cholera outbreak in the DR Congo capital, Kinshasa has stabilized, according to the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres.

The latest outbreak had affected 23 of the 26 provinces in the vast central African country since 2017.

Doctors Without Boarders (MSF) also reported that 55, 000 people were falling ill, with about 1, 190 deaths.

“The situation in Kinshasa is stable with a downward trend, but it does not exclude vigilance, because the epidemic is not yet eliminated,” Jean Liyolongo, MSF emergency coordinator said.

Since the end of November, MSF had recorded a total of 826 cholera cases and 32 deaths.

The cholera outbreak followed torrential rain and widespread flooding in Kinshasa, Africa’s third largest city, in early January.

Cholera is a highly contagious bacterial infection, which can kill within hours if left untreated.

It thrives in conditions of poor sanitation and contaminated water or food, and spreads quickly in the teeming and ramshackle capital.

Many areas of the city are slums with little or no access to sanitation or electricity.

MSF said it was the worst cholera epidemic in the country since 1994./the citizen

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