Central African Republic: Stagnant water contributing to cholera outbreak (RFI & Reuters)

| August 29, 2016

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Recent rains in the Central African Republic have increased the number of pools of stagnant water, which is contributing to the spread of cholera in the country. An epidemic has been declared as at least 18 people have died and 150 cases have been identified.

Cholera is transmitted through contaminated drinking water and causes acute diarrhea.

Hama Cloutse is a hydraulic engineer with UNICEF, the international children’s charity. He says that insects live in stagnant water, which is also a favoured place for animals such as dogs and donkeys to drink or bathe. Children may also use these same waters to play. He adds: “If we don’t educate people about best practices regarding waste water management, as well as pit toilet management and use, we are likely to have other problems. It is necessary to have good control of waste water … to prevent it from being a source of disease.”

To read the full article, go to: http://www.rfi.fr/afrique/20160823-reportage-rca-cholera-eaux-stagnantes-insalubrite

And read how aid agencies are responding: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-centralafrica-cholera-idUSKCN10T1PN

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