Cholera cases in DRC top 5 000

2011-08-11 08:55

Kinshasa - A cholera outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has infected more than 5 000 people and caused nearly 300 deaths since March, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

Bandundu, Equateur and Province Orientale are the worst-hit regions.

"The 5 000 mark was reached this week with 5 088 reported cases of cholera, including 296 deaths," the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement.

Cholera is a highly contagious intestinal infection that can kill if not treated properly.