Cholera epidemic in Somalia, says UN
Geneva - World Health Organisation officials say famine-hit Somalia faces a cholera epidemic as dirty water and poor sanitation are leading to an increase in outbreaks of the disease.
WHO public health adviser Dr Michel Yao told reporters in Geneva on Friday that the number of cases has risen sharply this year, with 60% of random lab samples taken from 4 272 people in the capital Mogadishu suffering acute watery diarrhoea testing positive.
WHO spokesperson Fadela Chaib said last week that diarrhoea is on the rise in Somalia, with 77% of cases reported in Mogadishu so far afflicting children younger than 5-years old.
Yao said there is a "high risk" of the disease spreading quickly due to water and sanitation issues "so we can say we have an epidemic".