Cholera epidemic in West Africa (Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria) aggrevated by heavy rains.

The regional cholera epidemic in West African countries has been aggravated by heavy rains and flooding.

According to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, nearly 40,000 cases of cholera have been reported in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria this year. Of these, nearly 1,200 people have died, mostly around the Lake Chad Basin.

Chad and Cameroon are among the most affected. Cameroon has reported more than 14,000 cases this year across all of the country's major regions. Lack of access to clean drinking water or adequate sanitation facilities has contributed to the spread of the disease.

Travellers in these countries should be aware of the risk of exposure to cholera and take all necessary precautions to avoid consuming contaminated food and water.

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