Cholera Outbreak Hits Daadab Refugees
Publisher: Nairobi Star
Author: by Kibiwott Koross
Story date: 17/11/2011
Language: English

Nov 17, 2011 (Nairobi Star/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) – Cholera outbreak has been reported in Daadab, the world's largest refugee camp. The outbreak is believed to have started among new arrivals suspected to have acquired it in Somalia. UN High Commissioner for Refugees in a report said the situation in Dadaab, which is home to Somalis fleeing famine and conflict, is being exacerbated by heavy rains and accompanying risks of waterborne diseases.

The outbreak has been reported in Ifo 1, Hagadera, Dagahley and Kambioos. Thirty six cases have been line-listed since August 2011, with 11 laboratory confirmations, said the UNHCR report.

Many Somalis are running away from their country following the entry of Kenyan troops who are hunting for al Shabaab insurgents. "Rains and flooding had affected the trucking of water to parts of the camps and we fear some refugees resorted to using unsafe water from flooded areas," the UN refugee agency said in the statement released on Tuesday.

Nearly half a million people have fled Somalia to seek assistance in Dadaab in the last two decades. The UNHCR and other aid agencies have set up cholera treatment centres in the camp for severe cases. The agency deplored insecurity which it said continues to affect aid efforts.

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