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  • on 19.05.2015
  • at 02:20 PM
  • by Kevin Hind

Tanzania: Urgent Efforts Underway As Seven Burundi Refugees Die in Diarrhoea Outbreak At Tanzania Camp 0

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has announced today that it is taking urgent measures to contain the spread of a severe watery diarrhoea outbreak among newly arrived Burundian refugees in Tanzania, as seven people have been reported dead since Wednesday.

“UNHCR’s priority is to work with the Ministry of Health and international partners to prepare for the worst and quickly establish a cholera treatment centre in Kagunga,” Joyce Mends-Cole, UNHCR Representative in Tanzania said in a press release.

“There is only a small dispensary in that village, lacking required diagnostics and treatment modalities – including medication,” he added.

The UN refugee agency is also flying in urgently needed medication, to supplement what can be found locally.

Two specimens have preliminary been diagnosed as cholera, but we are awaiting official confirmation from a reference laboratory.

Another 77 Burundians in Nyarugusu – in the western province of Kigoma – are being treated for severe watery diarrhoea. Some 300 people are being treated for watery diarrhoea at Kagunga – near the Tanzanian border – and at the Stadium in Kigoma.

Continue reading on All Africa – UN News Service

Photo Credit: Flickr/Igor Rugwiza (Protests against Burundi President third term Bid)

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