World Bulletin/News Desk
The World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday that at least two Cameroonians had recently died as a result of a cholera outbreak in the far north of the country.
At least 50 cases registered in the Far North Region are now receiving treatment, WHO Coordinator Fannh Mahamat told Anadolu Agency.
According to Mahamat, the cholera cases were discovered in the border areas of Mogode, Bourha, Mokolo and Goulfe – all of which are located some 30km from Nigeria.
"The first three cases of cholera were detected in Goulfe on April 26, involving a family of Nigeria's Adamawa State who crossed the border for treatment in Cameroon. It is from there that the epidemic is believed to have begun," she said.
Mahamat confirmed that the new cases could signal a cholera outbreak in the country, but stressed that the situation was under control.
Over the past few years, Cameroon has experienced several cholera outbreaks. Cholera was blamed for 100 deaths in the country in 2004 and 51 in 2009.
In 2010, there were 10,759 confirmed cases of cholera, of which 657 were fatal. The most recent outbreak – which featured 16,804 infections and 636 deaths – happened in 2011, according to official figures.
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