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Cholera cases are on the rise. Here's why

Health workers and patients inside a cholera treatment tent in Nigeria.

African countries reported 26,000 cholera cases and 660 deaths in January alone. Image: REUTERS/Christophe Van Der Perre

Paul Hunter
Professor of Medicine, University of East Anglia
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Geographical distribution of cholera cases reported worldwide, February 2022 to February 2023
The 24 countries currently reporting Cholera outbreaks are spread across Africa, the Caribbean and south Asia. Image: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Communicable Disease Threats Report, 2023.

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Health workers attend to suspected cholera patients inside a field hospital in in northern Lebanon.
Cholera often follows wars and natural disasters because of damage to water and sanitation infrastructure. Image: REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

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