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Hospitals in Algeria grapple with Cholera outbreak in 4 regions

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Forty-one cholera cases have been confirmed in four regions of Algeria the state-run Algerian Press Service reported.

According to the Algerian Health Ministry, the outbreak includes Algiers, Blida, Tipasa and Bouira. About 88 suspected cases have been reported, the Director General of Prevention at the Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital Reform, Dr. Djamel Fourar said. All the hospitals in central Algeria have been mobilized to deal with the outbreak, he said.

The ministry has formed a contingency team after drinking and waste waters mixed due to bad networks’ connection. It advised against visiting patients at hospitals to avert further spread of the highly communicable disease.

Laboratory examinations aimed at determining the causes of the epidemic are ongoing at the Institut Pasteur, according to the director general of the Institute, Dr. Zoubir Harrath.

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Cholera is an extremely virulent disease that can cause severe acute watery diarrhea. Symptoms appear between 12 hours and 5 days after the ingestion of food or contaminated water, according to the official website of the World Health Organization.

Earlier this year, an influenza outbreak killed scores in Algeria. The country’s health system is deteriorating, and yet its budget keeps getting bigger. Spending on the health sector rose from €2 billion in 2010 to €3.5 billion in 2014.

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Malian migrants, including children, die as makeshift Europe-bound boat capsizes in Libya

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Twenty-two Malian migrants including three children, have been killed when their makeshift Europe-bound boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, the United Nations as well as the Malian government have confirmed on Wednesday.

The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), also confirmed that 61 other migrants were rescued and taken to a detention centre in Libya.

The Ministry of Malians Abroad, in a statement, said the people who died were part of a group of 83 mostly Malian nationals who were stuck on a distressed vessel since June 22.

The IOM, in statement by its spokeswoman Safa Msehli, said the rescued victims were brought back to shore with the help of the Libyan coastguard after nine days at sea, adding that the “cause of death for the 22 people was drowning and dehydration.”

Msehli also said some of the survivors were in very poor health and had to be taken to hospital by the IOM.

“The remaining migrants were taken to al-Maya detention centre” in Libya, she said.

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Monkeypox: WHO records over 6,000 cases in 58 countries in recent outbreak

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According to the World Health Organization, more than 6,000 cases of monkeypox have now been reported from 58 countries in the current outbreak.

The United Nations agency is yet to decide declaring the outbreak a global health emergency, the WHO’s highest level of alert.

Its committee reconvene a meeting in July 18 to decide or sooner.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference from Geneva.

Monkeypox, a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, has also penetrated Europe and North America in its recent spread with more than 100 cases recorded outside Africa.

The UN committee meeting in June 27 decided that the disease was not yet a health emergency. There have recently been reported cases in other African countries like Nigeria and Morocco.

“I continue to be concerned by the scale and spread of the virus across the world,” Tedros said, adding that a lack of testing meant that there were likely many more cases going unreported.

Until recently, monkeypox had been a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, but has gradually penetrating Europe and North America in its recent outbreak.

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