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Cholera kills 550 in Cameroon

A cholera epidemic in Cameroon since April this year has led to the death of 559 people, the country's health minister has said.

world Updated: Oct 26, 2010 07:30 IST

A cholera epidemic in Cameroon since April this year has led to the death of 559 people, the country's health minister has said.

The disease has affected a total of 8,528 people, Health Minister Andre Mama Fouda said on Monday.

The North Rim area suffered the most, with 8,227 cases and 542 deaths, followed by the Northern region with 261 cases and 10 deaths, Littoral region with 173 cases and five deaths and the Centre with 27 cases and two deaths, Prensa Latina reported.

Dirty water consumption was the main cause of the epidemic, according to a research conducted by the Shepherd Center in collaboration with the health ministry.