Disease

Cholera outbreak threatens huge refugee camp – Kenya

Kenya’s cholera epidemic has reached the world’s largest refugee camp and doctors worry the outbreak could spread even further.

Seven people have died in Dadaab, in northern Kenya near the border with Somalia, since the outbreak was declared in November, the medical charity Doctors Without Borders, or MSF, said in a statement.

In the last three weeks, more than 300 patients have been admitted to treatment centers, and 30 percent of those patients were children under 12, according to MSF.

Lack of proper sanitation and education of the population are among the main challenges in halting infections. The are are not enough pit latrines in the camp for the size of its population, and people often allow their children play in the mud or in flood water.

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