African Health News

Cyclone Idai: crisis deepens as rise in cholera cases

The number of confirmed cases of cholera linked to Cyclone Idai has risen sharply says The government of Mozambique. Many are being treated for diarrhoea, an early symptom of cholera, which has killed at least two people.

The World Health Organization says its first objective is to control the outbreak. It’s awaiting nearly one million doses of cholera vaccine, which will be administered next week.

Health workers were opening clinics across Beira, the centre of relief operations for the region. Relief operators continue to explore ways to deliver aid to the city, which is reachable almost solely by air and sea. More challenging still is getting to rural communities, some of which have had no contact with the outside world since the cyclone hit.