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EU Gives Aid to Stop Angola Cholera Outbreak

The European Union is giving Angola $1.8 million to fight a cholera outbreak that has killed more than 600 people.

An EU statement announced the emergency grant in Brussels Friday. It said the disease has spread at a rapid and alarming rate since the initial outbreak hit the Angolan capital, Luanda, in February.

Nearly 14,000 cholera cases have been reported in Angola since that time.

The EU said it appears too late to stop the outbreak through a vaccination program. It said the money will be used to provide water purification and treatment for symptoms. The funds will be channeled through United Nations and humanitarian aid agencies.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.