The cholera epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo has absorbed 857 lives since the beginning of the year, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported.
The health authorities have so far noted 25, 170 cases that occurred in 21 out of 26 provinces of the country, the WHO office in the DRC reported.
The most affected are the provinces of East Kasai and Lomami in the center of the country, and South Kivu, Tanganyika and Upper Katanga in the east.
Last year, there were 55,000 cases of cholera in the country, which resulted in 190 deaths.
Cholera is a very contagious bacterial infection that can kill within hours if it is not treated. Blooms in conditions of poor hygiene and contaminated water or food.
DRC also fights the Ebola epidemic in two eastern provinces, North Kivu and Ituri, which killed 212 people since August.
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