Cholera kills 800 in Nigeria as outbreak spreads

Many of the victims are children, and the bacterial disease continues to spread - with more than 31,000 cases since January, but most of those being recorded in the last month.

The outbreak has affected at least 22 out of Nigeria’s 36 states, including the capital, Abuja.

According to the NCDC, the north of the country is being worst affected.

Nigeria's weak healthcare system has been struggling to cope - doctors in public hospitals are on strike and Covid-19 cases are increasing.

Devastating floods in some areas have also made things worse.

Yemen war: Emergency in Sanaa as cholera kills scores

Hospitals in the city, which is controlled by Houthi rebels, are crowded with cholera patients.

The Red Cross says the number of suspected cases in the country has tripled in a week to more than 8,500.

Yemen has been ravaged by hunger and civil war, allowing disease to spread rapidly.

Two-thirds of the population do not have access to safe drinking water, according to the UN.

Hurricane Matthew stirs fear of cholera in Haiti

Since the hurricane pounded Haiti last week, there has been an uptick of the dangerous disease, according to Stephane De Rengerves, senior executive liaison officer with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

"We don't have official reports yet, but reports from the field show an increase of cases," De Rengerves said.

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