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The Minister liable for Health Frédéric Valletoux wished to be reassuring on Thursday, throughout a visit to Mayotte, contemplating the authorities' response “adequate”, after a primary loss of life linked to a cholera epidemic on the island.

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Traveling to Mayotte, the Minister liable for Health Frédéric Valletoux thought-about, Thursday May 9, “adequate” the response offered by the authorities to the cholera epidemic which is raging on the island, after the loss of life of a kid 3 years previous the day earlier than.

“In the Comoros, the epidemic started a month and a half earlier but today there are thousands of cases and almost a hundred deaths,” he famous throughout his go to to the Kirson district of Koungou, the place at the least fifty instances of cholera have been declared so far and a three-year-old woman died Wednesday night. “We see that in Mayotte, the response is adequate,” stated the minister.

On website, he spoke with the groups from the Regional Health Agency (ARS) liable for disinfecting properties as quickly as a case is suspected. “We also distribute antibiotics to relatives and we vaccinate as much as possible, the population is very receptive,” defined Olivia Noël, subject coordinator who is likely one of the 29 reservists who got here as reinforcements to “contain the epidemic” on this French island of Indian Ocean.

Nearly 100 lifeless

Estelle Youssouffa, Liot MP from Mayotte, recalled that “the population, mostly foreigners, does not always have a telephone and is often afraid of the authorities” so “people wait until the last moment” to inform emergency companies.

The elected official recommends relaunching the distribution of bottled water to restrict the dangers of contamination by unclean water, one of many vectors of transmission of the illness with contaminated meals.

The first instances of cholera in Mayotte have been recorded in mid-March amongst folks getting back from neighboring Comoros, the place the epidemic is surging with 98 deaths in response to the most recent official report. In Mayotte, the primary instances identified in sufferers who had not left the island appeared on the finish of April.

Cholera, a bacterial illness, could cause acute diarrhea and result in loss of life from dehydration inside one to 3 days. Since mid-March, 58 instances of cholera have been recorded by the Mahorese authorities, together with six energetic instances on the final report dated May 6.

A protocol developed in February to forestall the unfold of the illness gives for the disinfection of the affected person's house, the identification and remedy of contact instances and vaccination by progressively increasing the world involved across the house of the affected person affected by cholera.

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