Cholera outbreak reported in Namibia

Mar 12, 2008

Health officials in Namibia say one person has died in a cholera outbreak in the Engela Health District, which has been compromised by floods.

Dr. Richard Kamwi, minister of health and social services, said 72 suspected cases of cholera were reported in the past week, New Era reported Tuesday. The Namibian newspaper reported Monday that the Engela State Hospital had been completely cut off by floodwater.

Cholera is an acute illness with profuse watery diarrhea that is transmitted mainly by drinking or eating contaminated water or food.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Explore further: High prevalence of HCV in baby boomers presenting to ER

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

New UN force on climate impacts on health

Jul 08, 2014

Two UN agencies on Tuesday announced they were setting up a joint office to help fight the threat to health from climate change and extreme weather.

Mexico City bets on tap water law to change habit

Jan 24, 2014

"Drink the water." It's a suggestion alien to Mexico City residents who have long shunned tap water in favor of the bottled kind and to the throngs of tourists who visit the city each year, bringing with ...

Recommended for you

The hidden burden of dengue fever in West Africa

8 hours ago

Misdiagnosis of febrile illnesses as malaria is a continuing problem in Africa. A new study shows that in Ghana, dengue fever is circulating in urban areas and going undiagnosed. The authors of the study hope to use the findings ...

Teenager with stroke symptoms actually had Lyme disease

8 hours ago

A Swiss teenager, recently returned home from a discotheque, came to the emergency department with classic sudden symptoms of stroke, only to be diagnosed with Lyme disease. The highly unusual case presentation was published ...

Understanding lung disease in aboriginal Australians

9 hours ago

A new study has confirmed that Aboriginal Australians have low forced vital capacity—or the amount of air that can be forcibly exhaled from the lungs after taking the deepest breath possible. The finding may account for ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.