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Cholera infected people number rising

Cholera infected people number in Ethiopia

July 2, 2019

The number of people infected with Cholera in Ethiopia is not 871, Fana Broadcasting Corporation reported on Tuesday citing Ethiopian Public Health Institute.

Dr. Getachew Tolera who is the deputy director of the Institute reportedly said that the plague is present in five regions and the city-states of Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa. 

Distribution of the 871 cases is as follows:

Afar – 131
Somali- 33
Addis Ababa-125
Dire Dawa – 1

So far 17 people have died of Cholera, according to Dr. Getachew and most of the deaths are in the Amhara region of Ethiopia where 14 infected people died.  Two of the deaths are in Oromia and one in the Afar region of Ethiopia.

26 Isolated treatment centers have been prepared across the country and nutritional and medical supplies are being distributed in areas identified as Cholera infected, according to FBC report. 

In Oromia region of West Hararghe Zone, about 291,000 residents in Cholera affected districts have been vaccinated.  And over 191,000 residents have been vaccinated in Dollo zone of Ethiopian Somali region.

The report did not say if there were vaccination programs in Amhara and Tigray regions.

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