Cholera outbreak kills seven in Tanzania

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At least seven people have died of Cholera in Tanzania’s central region of Dodoma, authorities said on Sunday.

The East African country’s health authorities have now banned hawking of foodstuff by the roadside and other open places during the festive season, citing a possible escalation of the epidemic.

James Kiologwe, Dodoma Regional chief physician warned residents, saying that at least 329 people contracted the disease in the latest outbreak. He warned that if no strict measures were taken the entire region would be affected.

“I urge the public to be more careful during the festive season, avoid eating carelessly on the streets and maintain hygiene since the disease is likely to spread further if we don’t comply with health standards,” the official said.

In October last year, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare notified the World Health Organization of new cholera outbreaks in 13 regions in the country, during which 68 people died.