Hunger, measles, cholera, and conflict: Ebola not the only killer ravaging Congo (2)

4 July, 2019

A few hours after sending the message about 'Hunger, measles, cholera, and conflict', I received a press release from WHO:

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Happening now: cholera vaccination campaign targets 1.2 million in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

More than a million people are being vaccinated in phase 2 of a huge cholera vaccination campaign in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This cholera vaccination campaign in the 4 central provinces of the DRC is crucial to stop the disease from gaining a permanent foothold.

Cholera is a highly contagious communicable disease transmitted via contaminated water or food. It causes severe diarrhoea and dehydration which must be treated immediately to avoid death after only a few hours.

During this 5-day campaign, the vaccinators will visit every household, even in the remotest areas, to administer the second dose vital for ensuring long-term protection against cholera. The oral cholera vaccines to be used in this campaign were taken from the global cholera vaccine stockpile, which is funded by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

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Read the full press release here: https://afro.who.int/news/more-million-people-be-vaccinated-phase-2-huge...

Best wishes, Neil

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