Cholera outbreak linked to climate change – Africa CDC


The Africa Centres for Disease Control has announced that cholera outbreaks reported in several African countries could be linked to climate change.

The health body says it has noticed a pattern of environmental changes that has led to a surge in cases.

Dr Patrick Amoth, Kenya’s director general of health, says the situation is likely to worsen especially in drought prone areas. This is because bacteria tends to multiply faster in warmer areas.

Malawi, Nigeria and Sudan are all facing outbreaks of cholera. Kenya is the latest African country dealing the outbreak.

On his part, Dr Ahmed Ogwell, the acting director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control, says the number of countries affected could go up, due to heavy flooding in several countries in West and Central Africa.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has reduced the two-dose cholera vaccine to a single dose due to a supply shortage.

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