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Eight cholera deaths in Sudan (WHO)

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Eight people have died of cholera in Sudan, six of them in Blue Nile state, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday.

She said the number of cholera cases in the east African country had reached 184, including 128 in Blue Nile state and 56 in Sennar state.

“According to the Sudanese Ministry of Health, eight cholera-related deaths have been recorded, six in Blue Nile state and two in Sennar state,” the WHO said in a statement received by AFP.

“We are working around the clock with the Federal Ministry of Health and state authorities to control the spread and reduce deaths,” the statement quoted Naima al-Kassir, WHO’s representative in Sudan.

A total of 36 tons of cholera and medical aid have arrived in the capital Khartoum and are being prepared for distribution to organizations involved in the epidemic reduction effort, WHO said.

She said the shipment could treat 2,500 diarrhea patients and would be distributed to cholera treatment centers in Blue Nile, Sennar and some neighboring states where the risk of outbreaks is high.

Cholera is caused by bacteria living in water sources and can kill if not treated.

Lack of clean water outside Khartoum and a weak health sector also raise the risk of the disease spreading in the country of 40 million people.

Dozens of people died of diarrhea in 2016 after about 1,000 cholera cases were reported that year across Sudan.

Most of the Blue Nile population is of African descent and the state has been a center for SPLM-N rebels in its war against the authorities in Khartoum since 2011.

The Sudanese army declared a ceasefire in conflict areas, including the Blue Nile, following the ouster of former President Omar al-Bashir in April.


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