by Sheela Philomena on  April 5, 2012 at 2:22 PM Tropical Disease News
 Cholera Outbreak in Ghana
Cholera epidemic kills at least 11 people in Ghana's capital Accra, reports source.

Edward Antwi, deputy regional director of public health confirmed the toll.

Poor sanitation in the city has been blamed for the outbreak. Most homes in Ghana are without toilet facilities while the few that were previously available have been converted into rooms, shops and stores for rentals.

Authorities have cautioned residents to be aware of the food and water they consume.

Officials of the Ghana Health Service have begun sensitising food vendors on the need to observe personal and food hygiene to end the cholera epidemic.

Ghana recorded 94 deaths out of 8,494 cases of cholera last year.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), up to 120,000 people die each year from cholera.

Source: IANS

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