Cholera outbreak kills 11 in Tanzania

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A cholera outbreak in Tanzania has killed 11 people in the eastern district of Kilosa, officials said on Monday.

Adam Mgoyi, Kilosa District Commissioner said Kilangala ward is the highly affected area with the infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhoea, which can lead to dehydration and even death if untreated.

Kilangala lies about 300 kilometers from the capital Dar es Salaam.

Mgoyi cited poor sanitation and lack of clean and safe water as the cause of the outbreak of the disease.

The commissioner said authorities had now launched a campaign to counter the spread of the disease.

“We have launched a campaign against families without toilets in the affected areas, where villagers are informed on the importance of drinking boiled water, and entire hygiene.”

According to World Health Organization, by April 20 this year, a total of 24,108 cases, including 378 deaths, had been reported in Tanzania. The majority of these cases had been reported from 23 regions in mainland Tanzania.

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