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Published on Aug 18, 2011
An urgent multi-sectoral response is being mounted to contain the spread of cholera with an increasing number of confirmed cases in Mogadishu and reports of growing numbers of acute watery diarrhoea in the port city of Kismayo. Some 75 per cent of all cases of highly infectious acute watery diarrhoea are among children under the age of five. Poor sanitation conditions, a shortage of safe water, overcrowding and high malnutrition rates are the perfect combination for infectious diseases, such as cholera and pneumonia, to spread and increase death rates. Efforts are underway to prevent further spread of the disease and provide necessary treatment in health facilities.