Somaliland: Cholera Threat Rising
Aid agencies are working with local health authorities in
Below is an article published by IRIN:
More than 600 cases of cholera, including about eight deaths, have been reported in the Togdheer area of
Aid agencies were working with local health authorities to decontaminate water sources and improve sanitation, according to N. Paranietharan, health coordinator with the United Nations World Health Organization's (WHO)
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"Cholera spreads very quickly and can cause rapid, severe dehydration which is very difficult to control," Save the Children's Emergency Health Adviser, Elizabeth Berryman, said in a statement. "Children are particularly vulnerable to dehydration and severe cases of cholera are difficult to treat in children," she said.
Cholera is spread through contaminated food and water. Control measures being implemented include setting up oral rehydration centres, providing chlorine to treat contaminated water sources, such as shallow wells, and distributing oral rehydration salts to households. Communities were also being schooled in essential public health measures, including hand-washing, boiling of drinking water and basic food hygiene.