More than 300,000 vaccinated against cholera in northern Mozambique

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Patients who have diarrhea are accomodated in a treatment tent at Macurungo urban healt center in Beira on March 27, 2019 as five cases of cholera have been confirmed in Mozambique following the cyclone that ravaged the country killing at least 468 people. (Photo by YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: A young girl diagnosed with cholera is checked by a doctor at a treatment centre in Beira, Mozambique. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

More than 300,000 people were vaccinated in a cholera vaccination campaign in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

The campaign was led by the Mozambican Ministry of Health with support from the W.H.O. and other health partners.

The W.H.O. said that vulnerable groups and internally displaced persons were among those who were vaccinated.

Cholera is endemic to Mozambique, a situation which was exacerbated last year after Cyclones Kenneth and Idai devastated its northern and central regions. The devastation left the water and sanitation infrastructure in those regions in ruins resulting in perfect conditions for the disease to spread.

A number of cholera treatment centers were subsequently set up across the areas affected by the cyclones.

As of 2019, Mozambique had had regular outbreaks of the disease over the past five years, according to the W.H.O.

Cholera is an extremely virulent disease that can cause severe acute watery diarrhoea. It takes between 12 hours and 5 days for a person to show symptoms after ingesting contaminated food or water. Cholera affects both children and adults and can kill within hours if untreated.

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