TWO MORE persons have been confirmed dead in the cholera outbreak that hit Navrongo in the Upper East region last week with more than 57 people on admission.

Increasing cases of the outbreak is said to be a source worry to health authorities who fear it may claim more lives if nothing is done in the interim to curtail the spread.

Officials at the Navrongo War Government Hospital said the number of affected persons keep soaring daily as such residents must be mindful of what they east.

Hospital authorities DAILY GUIDE gathered have established an emergency cholera camp within the hospital to enable them contain the situation with reports of Nosignia, a farming community being the worst hit.

Residents in and around the district have been advised to desist from eating cold food while steps are underway to curtail the dangerous activities of food vendors to bring the outbreak under control.

Over the last three years the Kessena-Nankana district has been bedeviled with the cholera epidemic in some rural communities due to inadequate sanitation and water treatment systems

Cholera is an acute filth related infectious disease caused by the bacterium vibrio cholera resulting in profuse watery diarrhea, extreme loss of fluid and electrolytes, dehydration and eventual death.

Unwashed or poorly cleaned vegetables irrigated by contaminated water sources are a common source of infection.

In situations where sanitation is severely challenged, such as in refugee camps or communities with limited water resources, a single affected victim can contaminate water for an entire population

Worldwide, cholera affects 3 to 5 million people and causes 100,000 to 130,000 deaths a year as of 2010.

Due to severe dehydration, fatality rates are high when untreated, especially among children and infants.

Death can occur in otherwise healthy adults within hours. Those who recover usually have long-term immunity against re-infection.

 From Stephen Zoure, Tamale

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