More cholera deaths in refugees in Mogadishu, Somalia

Physicians in local hospitals and refugee camps are overwhelmed by the rapdily accumulating cases of cholera in Mogadishu. Recently, 11 women and 7 children have died, while an additional 220 children have received care at overburdened health care facitlities. The presence of more displaced persons in search of food and shelter in already overcrowded refugee camps has been a major factor promoting the spread of the disease.

Travellers should be aware of the risk of exposure to cholera and take all necessary precautions to avoid consuming contaminated food and water. Due to the uncertain political situation, may countries advise their citizens to avoid all travel to Somalia.

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