Burundi declares cholera outbreak. Burundi’s commercial metropolis, Bujumbura, has seen an outbreak of cholera, according to the health and AIDS control minister Sylvie Nzeyimana.
“Nine probable cholera cases, mostly in the Bukirasazi area in Kinama zone, were found on December 30, 2022 at the northern health district of the commercial metropolis of Bujumbura. The next day, two other probable cases were found in the Bukirasazi district’s Mutakura neighborhood, according to Nzeyimana.
She claimed that another suspected case was reported in Buyenzi, close to the city’s center, and that this one had touch with one of the suspected cases in Bujumbura’s north.
“Today, we take this opportunity to announce that five cholera patients are hospitalized at Prince Regent Charles Hospital while seven others have already been discharged from hospital,” said Nzeyimana. National Public Health Institute (INSP) findings as of December 31, 2022.”
The cholera outbreak happens at a time when heavy rains hit several parts of Bujumbura and its surroundings from Dec. 26 to Dec. 31, causing overflows of toilets.
The Burundian health ministry has also suspended the sale of cooked and raw food products on the streets in Bujumbura following the disease outbreak.