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Cholera outbreak in Guinea kills 14

2012-03-06 12:58

Conakry - A cholera outbreak in western Guinea has killed at least 14 people over the past month, a source at the health and public hygiene ministry said on Monday.

"The cholera epidemic that has reappeared a month ago concerns coastal communities of Forecariah and Boffa... and a medical team sent to the scene has recorded 14 deaths," out of 83 recorded cases, the source said on condition of anonymity.

"The first cases were recorded in the Kaback islands" near Sierra Leone, the source said.

Authorities in Sierra Leone said on March 01 that a cholera outbreak in the north had killed at least 17 people since mid-February.

Cholera is transmitted via contaminated food and water and spreads as a result of poor hygiene.