The intestinal infection, often linked to drinking contaminated water, causes severe diarrhoea and vomiting, leaving small children especially vulnerable to death from dehydration, according to the United Nations agency.
Some 4 272 cases of acute watery diarrhoea have been recorded so far this year just in Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu, mainly children under age five, causing 181 deaths, Dr Michel Yao of the WHO told a news briefing.
“The number of cases is two or even three times than what was there last year. So we can say that we have an epidemic of cholera going on,” Yao said. Seasonal outbreaks have been recorded for the past three years in the Horn of Africa country. — Reuters