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Death Toll in Angola Cholera Outbreak Passes 900


The international organization Doctors Without Borders is reporting that more than 900 people have died from cholera in Angola in just 10 weeks.

The Angola country director for the group, Richard Veerman, said the outbreak is one of the worst ever in the southern African country, and has not yet reached its peak.

In a statement released Thursday, the group said measures to halt the outbreak are grossly inefficient, and called on the Angolan government and international relief organizations to step up their efforts to halt the epidemic.

Doctors Without Borders says that on some days this week its doctors have seen almost 1,000 cases of cholera, and more than 30 deaths. The organization has 10 treatment centers in Angola, and reports seeing 11,700 cases of the disease since February.

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