The UN World Health Organization says that five million people are at risk of cholera
in drought-hit Ethiopia, where acute diarrhoea has broken out in crowded, unsanitary
Cholera, an acute intestinal infection, causes watery diarrhoea
that can quickly lead to severe dehydration and death if treatment is not promptly
given. Ethiopian health officials have confirmed cases of the symptom in the Somali,
Afar and Oromiya regions of Ethiopia.
The World Health Organization is delivering
emergency health kits to Ethiopia and helping train health workers in treating
malnutrition and in detecting disease outbreaks.
Drought across the Horn of
Africa, now affecting more than 11 million people in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and
Somalia, has increased the risk of the spread of infectious diseases, especially
polio, cholera and measles. Over 8 million people are also at risk of Malaria.
fleeing severe drought and intensified fighting have been arriving at the rate of
more than 1,700 a day in Ethiopia, where 4.5 million people now need assistance. Kelsea
Brennan-Wessels reports listen: