Widespread flooding in southern Angola has been a major contributor to the 4,500 reported cases of cholera this year, of which 150 cases were fatal. According to figures published by Angola’s health ministry on March 31, there were 590 new cases reported in the week leading up to the report, up from the 503 cases reported in the previous week. World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman Jose Caetano told IRIN the situation was worsening due to rain. While cholera can cause death from dehydration within 24 hours, according to the WHO, it is “an easily treatable disease” cured with rehydration salts. (IRIN)

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