Sierra Leone says cholera killed 66 since January

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) – Sierra Leone’s health ministry says a cholera outbreak has sickened more than 3,800 and killed 66 people since January.The ministry says it is “very concerned” because the outbreak has started spreading fast and now also includes the West African nation’s densely populated capital.It says the number of suspected cholera cases in Freetown skyrocketed within three weeks from three to 410, resulting in nine deaths. The statement, released late Friday, said all measures to contain the outbreak will be taken but cautioned that the disease might spread fast in urban areas “with poor hygiene and sanitation, especially during the (current) rainy season.”If untreated, Cholera is a potentially deadly disease whose symptoms consist of rapid dehydration and vomiting caused by bacteria found in contaminated water or food.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Sponsored Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosiscenter_img Comments   Share   Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairylast_img

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