Cholera cases in Malawi triple

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Health Officials in Malawi say cases of cholera in the country have more than tripled in the last two months.

According to the United Nations the situation has become drastic and they are struggling to contain an outbreak that has killed more than 117 people so far.

The UN says that cases across the country have jumped from 1,000 to more than 4,200 since August 2022.

The first case of cholera, which spreads mainly through contaminated food and water, was reported in March in southern Malawi.

However the disease has now spread to 22 of Malawi’s 28 districts. 

According to the World Health Organization, this is the worst outbreak so far this year globally.

The organization says the situation could be worsened by the onset of the rainy season in November 2022.

The Malawian government has been conducting a mass cholera vaccination, under the cholera response plan which currently has a funding gap of more than $13m.

Malawi is currently facing one of its worst economic periods and has witnessed street demonstrations sparked by shortages in fuel, electricity and forex, as well as drugs and medical supplies.

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