The Cholera Outbreak in Africa
The Disaster: For each case of Ebola that have been reported in this region of Africa, there are six cases of cholera, and the epidemic does not seem to be slowing. Primarily caused by poor sanitation and lack of good hygiene the cholera virus found a perfect breeding ground in the slums of Accra, in the capitol city of Ghana, with their overflowing sewers and piles of rotting rubbish. When the rainy season descended in late spring the waters caused the worst cholera outbreak in thirty years. "Due to civil war and overall poverty large portions of this region could be fighting this disease and several others for many years, help is needed to stem the tide," says Tim Shenk of Doctors Without Borders. "The South Sudan is in particularly bad condition due to the year-old conflict plaguing the region, it’s a ticking time bomb waiting to go off."
State of Recovery: The arrival of the dry season has helped stem the tide while Doctors without Borders, the Red Cross, and the World Health Organization treat cases and educate locals. The hardest hit countries are Ghana, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nigeria with 83,632 cases reported and 1,334 deaths
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