Africa 20.2.2018 09:54 am

Malawi cholera deaths triple

To improve access to timely rehydration, UNICEF has supported the establishment of eight oral rehydration points.
Photo: UF

To improve access to timely rehydration, UNICEF has supported the establishment of eight oral rehydration points. Photo: UF

The latest figures come a month after the spread of the disease from Zambia was thought to have been contained.

Cholera cases in Malawi have tripled and four more people have died, the Ministry of Health hasĀ  confirmed, Reuters reported.

On Monday the Ministry of Health confirmed the deaths saying they had doubled from four to eight, and the number of cases of those infected had increased to 527 from the 157 recorded in January.

The latest figures come a month after the spread of the disease from Zambia was thought to have been contained.

Additionally, new cases are being reported in Central and Northern Malawi districts, including the administrative capital, Lilongwe where 10 new cases were recorded at the weekend.

The spread is being attributed to drinking contaminated water from shallow sources. The authorities are scaling up spraying localised infection centres with chlorine in an attempt to fight the spread.

– African News Agency (ANA)

 

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