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Event title

Malawi - Cholera still ransacking Blantyre

Event category

Biological origin - Epidemic hazard

Severity

Low

Event date (UTC)

2022-05-11 19:50:13

Last update (UTC)

2022-05-11 19:50:13

Latitude

-13.509522

Longitude

34.240736

Area range

Multiple counties wide event

Address/Affected area(s)

Malawi

The daily cholera updates by the Ministry of Health indicate that Blantyre is still registering high number of cholera cases. For instance, as of Monday May 8,2022, Malawi registered 17 new cholera cases and zero deaths of which 11 cases were from Blantyre. Chikwawa and Nsanje registered one case each while Neno registered four cases. Accumulatively, Malawi has so far registered 160 cholera cases, including six deaths with a case fatality rate of 3.75%. Of the 160 cases, Nsanje has 89 cases, Blantyre 36 cases, Neno 28 cases, Machinga 2 cases and Chikwawa 5 cases. The country is also said to have 21 cases who are in admission of which 4 cases are in Blantyre, 1 case in Chikwawa,15 cases in Neno and 1 case in Nsanje. To contain the further spread of the disease, the Ministry says there is urgent need to improve access to safe water and coverage on sanitation, risk commutation and community engagement. The Ministry adds that inter district and cross border coordination is also very crucial in the prevention and containment of the outbreak. Cholera is an acute diarrhea illness caused by infection of the intestine with Vibrio cholerae bacteria. People can get sick when they swallow food or water contaminated with cholera bacteria. The infection is often mild or without symptoms, but can sometimes be severe and life-threatening. It has symptoms include vomiting,thirst,leg cramps, restlessness or irritability just to mention some.

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