• A cholera epidemic has hit Burundi and its most densely populated city, Bujumbura
  • Thanks to the fast response, there have been almost no deaths
  • Burundi’s newest cholera treatment centre opened its doors in early October in Bujumbura. Set up by MSF in just two weeks, the 50-bed centre is now the city’s main treatment centre

Since June 2019, Burundi has been facing a major cholera epidemic. More than 1,000 cases have been recorded, the majority from Bujumbura, the country’s main city.

Extremely contagious, cholera is caused by ingesting bacteria of faecal origin – Vibrio cholerae – which are present in dirty or stagnant water. Causing diarrhoea and vomiting, cholera leads to rapid dehydration and, without prompt care, can kill within hours.

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