Mozambique has started a cholera vaccination program. The campaign is targeted to reach nearly 900,000 cyclone survivors. The outbreak of the disease was brought on by Cyclone Idai – more than 1000 people have been infected so far.
Many in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been waiting for this moment: A new vaccine to battle the Ebola outbreak is about to be released. It could reach broader parts of the population than earlier attempts.
As feared, cholera has broken out in Mozambique, two weeks after a massive cyclone swamped much of the center of the poor southern African country. Authorities are battling to keep disease from spreading.
Having survived a monumental cyclone and widespread flooding, people are now facing a cholera crisis. Almost a million doses of the cholera vaccine are on their way, but in the meantime, the number of cases is exploding.
As the world body released a "wake-up call" on the impact of extreme weather, Mozambique has announced a spike in cholera cases. The illnesses are a direct result of Cyclone Idai, which has ravaged the country.
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