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Cholera Kills Over 400 in Angola Since Start of Year

by VR Sreeraman on August 14, 2007 at 2:20 PM
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Cholera Kills Over 400 in Angola Since Start of Year

Almost 420 people have been killed by cholera in Angola since the start of the year, according to figures released on Monday by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Luanda.

A total of 16,320 cases were reported in 16 out of the country's 18 provinces, with Luanda, the nation's capital, recording the highest figure of 6,692 cases, followed by Benguela and Cabinda provinces which recorded 3,681 and 1,721 cases respectively, the WHO said.

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The highest number of deaths, 102, was recorded in Kwanza Sul province, followed by Luanda with 77 and Malange with 46.

The easily treatable water-borne disease broke out in Luanda's northern slum of Boa Vista in February last year.

It then spread across a country whose infrastructure has been ravaged by civil war and where drinking water and proper sanitation are luxuries.

Source: AFP
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