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Mozambique neutralizes cholera outbreak

Maputo, May 15 (Prensa Latina) Mozambique has reduced the incidence of cholera, after an outbreak of the disease due to torrential rains and floods since last February, due to the sanitary measures adopted, a United Nations source said on Monday.

The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) office here, Michael Chimedza, said that in order to contain the outbreak, which broke out in the northern coastal city of Quelimare and other areas, a mass vaccination campaign was launched.

A healthcare outreach program is also being implemented at the community level, especially targeting pregnant women, thus helping to curb contagions, he pointed out.

Medical personnel are instructing community members not to consume contaminated water to prevent the disease and are urging them to maintain adequate hygienic and sanitary measures in their surroundings, among other actions.

As an example of the decrease in cholera cases in Mozambique, Unicef health and nutrition specialist Carlos Mafigo noted that 400 cases have been reported in the last few months; however, an average of 20 cases have been reported recently.

By the end of April, Mozambican authorities reported more than 26,000 cholera contagions as a result of heavy rains and floods.


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