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‘West, Central Africa facing deadly cholera epidemic’

‘West, Central Africa facing deadly cholera epidemic’ UNITED Nations Children and Education Fund (UNICEF) has warned that West and Central Africa region are facing one of the worst cholera epidemics in its history, with over 85,000 cases reported, leading to 2,466 deaths this year.“The size and scale of the outbreaks means the region is facing one of the biggest epidemics in its history,” Agence France Presse (AFP) quoted a UNICEF spokeswoman as saying.“The most significant increases in 2011 are in Chad, where it is the largest outbreak recorded, in Cameroun where nine out of 10 districts are reporting cases and in western Democratic Republic of Congo where case fatality rate is above five per cent,” she added.In some districts, fatality rates are as high as 22 per cent.UN agencies also noted that outbreaks were occurring in places where cholera was not endemic.“You have cases happening outside of a typical cholera season, you also have them occurring in a wider geographical area.“In central Africa, they just declared a cholera outbreak. They haven’t had cholera in years. This means that people are less aware of how to prevent or respond to an outbreak of cholera,” the UNICEF spokeswoman said.In addition, high fatality rates are being recorded in places where cholera is not endemic.“In the Democratic Republic of Congo, we have this year outbreaks in provinces that we have not seen in the last 10 years,” said a WHO spokesman.“There we see a case fatality ratio much higher than in provinces where cholera was endemic like north and south Kivu,” he added.
 

USDA Awards Grant to Improve Nutrition Assistance

USDA Awards Grant to Improve Nutrition Assistance   WASHINGTON, March 21, 2011 – USDA today announced the recipients of grants to improve the delivery of nutrition assistance to low-income children during the summer month...

Last Updated ( Monday, 21 March 2011 19:10 )

Baylor Launches Center for Globalization

Baylor Launches Center for Globalization

 

 
By LORI WILLIAMS
Baylor College of Medicine Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Globalization has been launched with a $5 million gift from one of its trustees, ...

Texas Children’s West Houston Hospital Now Open

 
The grand lobby at Texas Children's Hospital's West Campus incorporates bright, child-friendly colors that are repeated throughout the hospital. By CHRISTY BRUNTON
Texas C...

Rep. Garnet Coleman and Sen. Rodney Ellis File Healthcare Implementation Bill

Rep. Garnet Coleman and Sen. Rodney Ellis File Healthcare Implementation Bill

Austin--State Representative Garnet F. Coleman (D-Houston) and State Senator Rodney Ellis today filed legislation to implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care ...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 12 March 2011 19:58 )

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