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The variety of cholera instances in Mayotte now stands at 85, in accordance with a brand new report communicated Friday by the National Public Health Agency which additionally known as for the mobilization of recent well being reservists. According to a nursing union which works for on-site vaccination, “the number of real cases is much higher”.

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The cholera epidemic is gaining floor in Mayotte. “As of May 15, 2024, 85 cases of cholera have been reported since the first case on March 18, 2024, of which 68 are indigenous cases and 17 were imported from Comoros or countries on the African continent,” mentioned the general public well being company. in a weekly epidemiological replace.

A earlier report from the Ministry of Health reported 76 instances. The epidemic has already left one lifeless, a three-year-old woman, and 7 instances requiring intensive care.

“Risk of transmission throughout the territory”

The overwhelming majority of instances (61) had been detected within the commune of Koungou, in a precarious neighborhood with difficulties in accessing ingesting water and poor sanitation, the principle dangers of spreading the illness, recollects Public Health France (SPF).

“This community transmission of cholera in Koungou and the risk of importing new cases of cholera from the Comoros expose Mayotte to a risk of local transmission throughout the territory, particularly in other precarious neighborhoods,” underlines this supply.

A brand new outbreak was reported three days in the past within the commune of M'tzangamouji.

The city corridor of Koungou issued an order on Wednesday to “temporarily close all educational establishments in the villages of Majicavo Koropa and Majicavo Lamir” till May 18, specifies a doc that AFP was in a position to receive.

An affected pupil was recognized on May 14 in an elementary college in Majicavo Koropa. Health authorities have since disinfected the premises.

“Crisis measures” demanded for vaccination

A well being protocol offers for the disinfection of the affected person's residence, the identification and remedy of contact instances and a “ring” vaccination, progressively expanded.

As of May 13, 4,456 contact instances had been vaccinated on the island, in accordance with Public Health France, which participates particularly in sending vaccines to mainland France.

On the bottom, 86 volunteers from the well being reserve, managed by SPF, have been mobilized as “reinforcements” since mid-April, together with 54 particularly for cholera. “With certain missions coming to an end soon (they generally last a month), a new recruitment campaign” is underway, specifies the group.

In a press launch, Convergence Nurse, the third union of liberal nurses, requires “crisis measures”, particularly the supply for professionals of vaccines and “cholera kits” which embody water tanks with faucet and cleaning soap for wash your fingers, for instance, in your automobile.

The union estimates that “the number of real cases is much higher”, as a result of the counting is finished “on biological confirmation” and that it’s tough to seek the advice of, to not point out “the isolation of foreigners in an irregular situation”.

The first instances of cholera in Mayotte had been recorded in mid-March amongst individuals getting back from neighboring Comoros, the place the epidemic is flaring. The first instances in sufferers who had not left the island appeared on the finish of April.

With AFP