Burundi declares cholera outbreak


There has been an outbreak of cholera in Burundi, a country in Africa. The Health Ministry of Burundi announced this on Wednesday. So far, there have been 15 reported cases of cholera in the western part of the country. This area is known for having water shortages, which makes it more prone to cholera outbreaks.

Cholera causes severe diarrhea and vomiting, which can lead to dehydration. Cholera is usually spread through contaminated water or food. When people drink or eat something that has the cholera bacteria in it, they can get sick.

What is Being Done?

The Ministry of Public Health and AIDS Control is taking action to help the people affected by cholera. The patients with cholera have been taken to a hospital in the municipality of Bujumbura, and there are other treatment centers available too. The Ministry is asking everyone, including health authorities, residents, and other stakeholders, to work together to fight against cholera. They are also urging people, especially those living in the affected areas, to follow hygiene rules to prevent the spread of the disease.

Why Does Cholera Happen in Burundi?

In the western part of Burundi, there are often water shortages, especially during the dry months from May to September. This makes it easier for cholera to spread. Earlier this year, two people died from cholera in the Bujumbura health district, particularly at the Kajaga beach on Lake Tanganyika.

Cholera in Africa

Cholera is not only a problem in Burundi but also in other countries in Africa. According to a report from the World Health Organization (WHO), there have been cholera outbreaks in 15 countries in the African Region. In the latest outbreak, six countries, including Burundi, have been affected, with over 200 new cases reported. However, the WHO says that the situation is getting better and they are keeping a close eye on it.

What Can We Do?

It is important for countries to be prepared and take preventive measures to stop the spread of cholera. This includes keeping a close watch on communities and border crossings to prevent the disease from spreading across borders. As individuals, we can also do our part by practicing good hygiene, such as washing our hands with soap and clean water and making sure our food and water are safe to consume.