One person has died and another 30 have been infected with cholera in South Sudan, in a relapse of the disease since 2017, the country’s Ministry of Health announced yesterday.
In a press release issued last night, the Ministry of Health “informs the public that a relapse of cholera has been announced in the county of Rubcona, in the state of Unite”, in the northern part of the country.
“To date, a total of 31 cases, including one death, have been reported in the Rubcona area and in the Bentio IDP camp,” the statement said, adding that all the patients had been cared for and discharged from the hospital.
“The Ministry of Health and its partners are continuing investigations (…) to identify additional cases of cholera.”
According to government and World Health Organization data, the first case was recorded on March 20 in a two-year-old girl, while it was officially confirmed by the authorities on April 14.
A 7-year-old boy, who was diagnosed positive, died on March 25.
South Sudan had not recorded cholera cases since December 2017 and the latest cases were recorded by an epidemic, which was declared in June 2016, with 436 deaths (compared to more than 20,000 confirmed cases).