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Somalia vaccinates 460,000 against cholera

dpa logodpa 4/05/2017

The World Health Organisation and the Somali government have launched a massive cholera vaccination campaign in the drought stricken country.

The World Health Organisation and the Somali government have launched cholera vaccination campaigns targeting more than 460,000 people in the drought-stricken country, where the diarrhoeal disease has killed 618 people so far this year.

A total of 31,674 cases have been registered, according to a statement from the WHO.

A vaccination campaign targeting 224,000 people was launched in Baidoa in the south-west on Wednesday.

A concurrent vaccination campaign is targeting 239,000 people in the south-eastern Middle Shebelle region. Other campaigns have been implemented in other high-risk areas.

The cholera outbreak is attributed largely to the drought hitting the Horn of Africa country, where more than 6 million people face food insecurity.

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