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Cholera Cases In Somalia Expected To Double To 50K By Summer, WHO Says, Warning Case Fatality Rate Above 2%

Associated Press: Somalia’s cholera outbreak at more than 25,000 cases: WHO
“The World Health Organization says a cholera outbreak in Somalia has grown to more than 25,000 cases this year alone and is expected to double by the end of June. WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said Thursday that the outbreak has killed 524 people so far this year…” (4/14).

International Business Times: Cholera spreading in drought-hit Somalia as WHO projects 50,000 cases by summer
“…Somalia is already facing the ‘largest humanitarian crisis in history of the United Nations,’ as millions are at risk of starvation and famine across the Horn of Africa, Nigeria, and Yemen, due to lack of rain and prolonged insecurity…” (Buchanan, 4/13).

Reuters: Cholera spreading in Somalia, 50,000 cases foreseen: WHO
“…Already 25,424 infected people have been identified since the start of the year, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said by email, adding: ‘These numbers are projected to increase to 50,000 by summer.’ The case fatality rate for the disease, spread by contaminated food or water, is already 2.1 percent in Somalia, twice the emergency threshold, he said…” (Nebehay, 4/13).

VOA News: U.N.: Cholera Spreading in Drought-stricken Somalia
“…The United Nations reports 6.2 million people, more than half of Somalia’s population, urgently need humanitarian assistance. Of these, 2.9 million are suffering from extreme hunger…” (Schlein, 4/13).

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