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Cholera Epidemic Spreading in Somalia

March 13, 1995

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) _ A cholera epidemic has hit Somalia and the World Health Organization said Monday it could run out of medicine and supplies in a month.

``If we don’t receive an emergency delivery of medicine in the next four weeks, the situation will be out of hand,″ said Hassan Moalim Omar, the WHO administrator and inventory coordinator in Somalia.

Omar said WHO has recorded 5,141 cases of cholera since the beginning of the year, including 680 in Mogadishu. He said the disease has killed 86 people in the capital and 48 people in the Bardera district of southern Somalia.

Cholera is a bacterial disease that causes severe diarrhea and dehydration. Without treatment, it can be fatal.

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