Cholera cases increase in Burundi

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Burundi has registered 95 cases of cholera in the country’s southwest regions over the past three weeks alone, health officials say.

Most of the cases have been reported in Kabezi in Bujumbura Rural province and in Ruziba in the capital, Bujumbura.

“During the last three weeks, cholera cases have been increasing on a daily basis in villages of Kabezi district and in some neighbourhoods of the capital Bujumbura in Ruziba,” said Dr. Vianney Ndayishimiye, head of Bujumbura health province.

Burundi has been affected majorly by the violence that broke out in April 2015 following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s declaration that he would vie for a controversial third term in office, one that he went on to win in the July poll.

Hundreds have been killed in the violence while thousands others have fled to neighbouring countries.

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