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Doctors warn of outbreak of cholera in South Sudan that could kill thousands

Doctors warn of outbreak of cholera in South Sudan that could kill thousandsMore than 2,500 cases of the disease have been registered in South Sudan since April, a sharp increase over previous months.

This is reported by The Guardian.

The total over the last year has now risen to 8,000, with about 250 confirmed deaths. Experts say this is likely to be only a fraction of overall toll.

People displaced by recent fighting are at most risk. The international NGO Médicins Sans Frontières has opened a cholera treatment centre near Pieri in the remote north-east of South Sudan.

More than 27,000 people have fled their homes in the region since mid-February after clashes between the Sudan Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) and opposition groups.

Last week the UN said the number of people struggling to find enough food each day in South Sudan had grown to 6 million up from 4.9 million in February. This was the highest level of food insecurity in the country since it gained independence from Sudan in 2011 after decades of intermittent conflict.
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