An outbreak of cholera in central Tanzania’s Dodoma region has left 18 dead in four months.
Dodoma Regional Medical Officer James Kiologwe, said that since October 2017, 470 cholera cases had been recorded in the region.
He added that in December and January, cholera cases were low, but the number went up this month.
According to Kiologwe, two are the districts worse hit with cholera, an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhea and leads to dehydration and even death if untreated.
Cholera is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with a bacterium called Vibrio cholera.
Efforts are underway to contain the disease, particularly in the harder hit areas, including educating people to observe general hygiene.