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Cholera epidemic in Sierra Leone worsened in August: UN

09-06-2012 06:35 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has reported more than 15,000 cases of cholera across Sierra Leone since the beginning of 2012, and the epidemic situation had dramatically worsened during August, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters here Wednesday.

"UN agencies and humanitarian partners say that the epidemic, which is affecting 14 out of 15 districts, has dramatically worsened during August and the number of deaths has more than doubled in recent weeks to nearly 250," Nesirky said at a daily news briefing here.

"The government is reporting that this is the worst cholera outbreak in 15 years and has declared a national public health emergency," he said, referring to an August 16 decision by Freetown to declare the cholera outbreak a national emergency after 176 deaths and 10,800 reported cases since January.

"UN agencies, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), are supporting government efforts to combat cholera," the spokesman said.


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