Malawi cholera death toll jumps 69 percent in one month

APA-Blantyre (Malawi)

The death toll from the cholera outbreak in Malawi has risen by 69 percent over the past month, with official figures showing that the number of fatalities rose from 58 to 98 between August 25 and September 26.

According to a statement by Ministry of Health on Tuesday, at least 3,246 people has, as of Monday, been infected by cholera since the outbreak started in March this year.  

This is more than double the 1,483 cases that had been recorded by the end of August.

The ministry also reported that outbreak had spread from 12 districts in August to 22 districts this week. Malawi has a total of 28 districts.

The government has attributed the rise in cases to poor food hygiene, lack of safe water and poor sanitation.

The situation is expected to worse during the forthcoming rainy season that kicks off in October and runs until April 2023.

The ministry has activated its emergency response system, with several teams of health professionals deployed across the country.


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