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Cholera Vaccination Campaign Begins In Cyclone-Hit Mozambique; Authorities Record More Than 1,400 Cases

Agence France-Presse: Cholera kills two, infects 1,400 in cyclone-hit Mozambique
“A cyclone-induced cholera outbreak in central Mozambique has killed two people and infected more than 1,400, the government announced Tuesday on the eve of the launch of a mass vaccination drive…” (4/2).

Associated Press: Mozambicans line up for cholera vaccines to fight outbreak
“Mozambicans lined up Wednesday to get cholera vaccines in the cyclone-hit city of Beira, at the start of a drive to inoculate nearly 900,000 storm survivors as part of efforts contain an outbreak of the deadly disease…” (Mukwazhi/Anna, 4/3).

New York Times: Cholera Is Spreading in Mozambique, and It’s Far From the Only Health Threat
“A wide swath of Mozambique devastated by Cyclone Idai two weeks ago is now at a tipping point, humanitarian agencies said on Tuesday. About two million people have seen their homes or crops destroyed, and cholera is spreading fast. Malaria, measles, and starvation may follow unless help reaches enough people quickly. At the same time, there are encouraging signs: 900,000 doses of cholera vaccine arrived on Tuesday, and a vaccination campaign is to start on Wednesday. Water service has been restored to large portions of Beira, a coastal city of 500,000 people…” (McNeil, 4/2).

Additional coverage of the response to Cyclone Idai in Mozambique is available from the Associated Press, Axios, U.N. Dispatch, U.N. NewsVox, and Xinhua News.