Cholera outbreak in N. Uganda kills three

Nov. 1, 2004 at 3:29 PM
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UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- United Nations humanitarian groups are battling a cholera outbreak that has claimed three lives in a camp for displaced people near Gulu, Uganda.

There have been 79 confirmed cholera cases in the Pabbo camp, which is home to nearly 67,000 people, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Monday. Still, there could be as many as 800 carriers of cholera in and around Pabbo, increasing risk the outbreak might spread to nearby villages.

Latrines near drinking water sites at the camp, a likely source of the cholera bacteria, were to be chlorinated and then destroyed, OCHA said in a statement released at U.N. World Headquarters in New York.

Doctors Without Borders has opened a cholera treatment center to treat new cases and the U.N. Children's Fund and others have started education programs to curb the disease's spread in the African Nation's north, scene of an 18-year power struggle.

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