Global Cholera Accelerated by Climate Change Says, WHO


eMediNexus    18 December 2022

On Friday, officials from the World Health Organization stated that climate change has led to an "unprecedented" increase in the number of cholera outbreaks in 2209. Dr. Philippe Barboza, WHO Team Lead for Cholera and Epidemic Diarrheal Diseases, stated that the map is under threat (from cholera) everywhere amid a global resurgence of cholera.


Dr. Barboza explained that all the "usual factors" had played a key role in the global resurgence of cholera in 2022, along with the "very visible impact" of climate change. He added that the cholera crisis has been playing out across the Horn of Africa and the Sahel, accompanied by major floods, unprecedented monsoons, and a succession of cyclones.


Additionally, he talked about Pakistan, where sporadic cases of cholera were observed in 2021. After the devastating summer floods of 2022, there were over 500,000 reported cases of watery diarrhea, but only "a few thousand" laboratory-confirmed cases of cholera.


According to the WHO, every year there are 1.3 to four million cases of cholera and 21,000 to 143,000 deaths worldwide from the disease. The disease is an acute diarrheal infection caused by eating or drinking food or water that is contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.

(Source: http://risingkashmir.com/global-cholera-surge-likely-accelerated-by-climate-change-warns-who)

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