Cholera breaks out in northwestern Burundi

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/10/7 11:52:12

At least five cases of cholera were reported this week in Rugombo town in Cibitoke province, 72 km northwest of the Burundian capital Bujumbura, the Burundi News Agency reported Friday.

All those five cholera cases were reported at Rusiga, adding that lack of clean water is the origin of the propagation of cholera in that area, the state-run agency reported.

The Burundi Red Cross has deployed its agents to pulverize drugs in infected households at Rusiga to avoid the propagation of the epidemic, it reported.

Cibitoke Governor Joseph Iteriteka on Friday held a meeting with health and administration officials based in Cibitoke province to look at ways of curbing the propagation of cholera in Rugombo and Cibitoke town, according to the report.

During the meeting, they urged the country's Water and Electricity Company (REGIDESO) to supply water to the two towns --Rugombo and Cibitoke -- as they are the worst threatened, reported the agency.

The Burundian Imbo western lowlands extending from the north in Cibitoke province to the south in Makamba Province near Lake Tanganyika are vulnerable to cholera every year in the dry season, especially between August and October.

By the end of August this year, the east African country's health ministry confirmed 24 cholera cases in Nyanza-Lac in the southwestern province of Makamba, which originated from a fisherman who had come from the Democratic Republic of the Congo with symptoms of cholera.

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