Cholera epidemic kills 64, leaves 597 affected

Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A cholera epidemic that erupted few weeks ago in Cote d'Ivoire has already killed 64 of the 597 persons infected by the virus, a medical source confirmed in Abidjan.
According to Dr Ekra Daniel, official in charge of epidemiological surveillance at the National Institute of Public Hygiene (INHP), the rising number of victims is worrisome.
Abidjan and its 10 communes, housing shantytowns and unsanitary dwellings, are particularly affected by the epidemic, which has so far left 17 deaths and 227 cases.
Ekra's worries stem from the fact that the cholera vaccine has been withdrawn from the market due to its ineffectiveness, leaving a vacuum in the treatment circle.

29 july 2001 15:14:00

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