Cameroon reports cholera case in capital

A view of Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon, on Nov. 14. (Photo by Joyce Lee/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
A view of Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon. Health authorities confirmed evidence of a new cholera outbreak in the city on Monday, November 1, 2021. (Photo by Joyce Lee/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Cameroon’s minister of Public Health Manaouda Malachie confirmed one cholera case in the capital Yaounde on Monday, with nine other cases reported in the country’s Ekondo Titi locality of the Southwest region.

He said, health officials confirmed the case in late October.

“The minister of public health urges the population to be more cautious and respect control measures,” Malachie said in a statement on Monday evening, stressing that citizens need to respect hygiene and sanitation measures to stay safe.

Cholera is a highly virulent disease characterized in its most severe form by a sudden onset of acute watery diarrhea that can lead to death by severe dehydration.