The outbreak has caused 44 deaths and spread to nine of South Sudan’s 28 states, WHO said
Nearly 3,000 people in war-torn South Sudan have contracted cholera since July, the World Health Organization reported on Tuesday, warning that the outbreak had now spread to a region where conflict is hampering efforts to tackle the deadly disease.
“Unity State is where we’re focusing our efforts now. There’s an active conflict so it’s not easy to control but we’re doing our best,” said Usman Abdulmumini, WHO South Sudan country representative. An intestinal infection often linked to contaminated drinking water, cholera causes diarrhoea and vomiting, leaving small children especially vulnerable to death from dehydration. The outbreak has caused 44 deaths and spread to nine of South Sudan’s 28 states, WHO said. But Abdulmumini said the disease was no longer spreading in the capital Juba which has accounted for about two thirds of cases. “The outbreak continues but the good news is that we have controlled it in most of the states,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone.