Six persons have died in neighbouring Cameroon from a cholera outbreak that has infected 43 people since May, the country’s health ministry has said.
Cholera is caused by a bacterium transmitted through contaminated food or drinking water. It causes acute diarrhoea, with children particularly at risk.
“Cases of cholera were documented since May 2018 in four districts in northern regions,” health minister Andre Mama Fouda said in a statement.
One case of the disease has been found in Yaounde, the country’s capital.
“From the moment the first cases were documented in the northern region, every measure was taken to contain the epidemic,” Fouda added.