The death toll from an outbreak of cholera in Bakassi Peninsula has risen to five, while 12 others have been hospitalized, Cameroon’s local health officials said on Thursday.

According to Cameroon’s Minister of Public Health, Manaouda Malachie, first cases of the disease were recorded in the Health District of Bakassi on November 13.

“Response measures have been implemented in the health district to control and eradicate this epidemic. An active search for suspected cases on the ground is in progress,” Malachie said in a statement on Thursday.

Officials estimated the disease has been caused by failure to abide by hygienic regulations.

It is the first time cases of cholera have been reported in the oil-rich area that is inhabited by some 200,000 people.

Cholera spreads through contaminated food and drinking water, causing diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Enditem


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