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The number of cholera deaths in Niger has risen to 68

(Niamey)UNA) - The Ministry of Public Health in Niger announced today, Wednesday, that the number of deaths resulting from the cholera outbreak in the country since last July has risen to at least 68 cases. The ministry said that this week it recorded more than three thousand and 690 cases of the disease, which is transmitted through contaminated food or water, according to the Associated Press. The epidemic spread in particular in the Maradi region (central), and also affected the regions of Tahoua (north), Zinder (east), and Dosso (southwest). The United Nations Children's Agency (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization estimated that only 37 percent of the population of the Maradi region have access to clean drinking water, and that only 10 percent have access to basic sanitation services. There are fears that the virus could spread further in the country due to the seasonal rains that extend from June to September. Cholera is a disease that causes severe diarrhea that can kill the patient within hours if treatment is not received. Malnourished children under 5 years of age are particularly at risk of contracting the disease. (End) ​pg/h p

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