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Sierra Leone - cholera claims 17

2012-03-01 16:46

Freetown - A cholera outbreak in northern Sierra Leone has claimed the lives of 17 people since mid-February, district medical officer Tom Sesay said on Thursday.

"Cholera has gripped the districts of Port Loko and Kambia," the doctor said, adding that around 433 people had been admitted to hospital and emergency health teams where investigating the origins of the outbreak.

The country, which has some of the world's worst health indicators, suffers from infrequent cholera outbreaks, particularly in these northern districts after heavy rains which cause water sources to become contaminated.