Juba, November 8, 2016 (SSNA) — The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised an alarm, saying cholera-related cases have spiked in the war-torn South Sudan and that close to 3,000 people have so far contracted the disease.
The UN’s health arm discloses that it began monitoring the disease since July.
World Health Organization South Sudan representative Usman Abdulmumini says his organization has managed to control the spread of cholera in most states but warned that the deadly disease is now active in the oil-rich Unity State.
“Unity State is where we’re focusing our efforts now. There’s an active conflict so it’s not easy to control but we’re doing our best,” Abdulmumini told Reuters.
“The outbreak continues but the good news is that we have controlled it in most of the states. We’re not afraid that it’s getting out of hand,” he added.
South Sudan has a history of mysterious outbreaks of diseases. In 2010, a fatal parasitic disease hit South Sudan, killing 260 people.
The WHO monitors disease outbreaks, assesses the performance of health systems around the globe, maintains world epidemiological and statistical information, and other activities, according to its website.