Cholera outbreak declared in Burundi
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On January 1, 2023, Burundi’s Minister of Public Health declared an outbreak of cholera in the East African country.
In a press release, officials said that nine suspected cases of cholera were identified on December 30, 2022 in the Northern Health Zone of the commercial capital Bujumbura with symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting, mainly in Bukirasazi district, Kinama district.
The next day, two suspected cases were identified in Mutakura district, near Bukirasazi.
The cholera outbreak came as heavy rains lashed several parts of Bujumbura and surrounding areas from December 26-31. causing the toilets to overflow.
Two people died of cholera, specifically on Kajaga Beach on Lake Tanganyika, said a provincial health official.
The latest data from World Health Organization States As of January 6, there have been 42 reported suspected cases with no deaths. Four provinces have reported one or more cases: Budjumbura North (19 cases), Cibitoke (17 cases), Isale (four cases), and Bujumbura Center (two cases).