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Cholera epidemic threatens Sierra Leone

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6997.77 (Published 08 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:77

Sierra Leone faces the threat of a major epidemic of cholera with the onset of the rainy season, according to the World Health Organisation. The situation is particularly grave for the two million people displaced by the country's civil war. Already 1709 cases of cholera have been registered in the capital, Freetown, with 57 deaths.

Freetown's population has doubled since the start of the war in 1991, with 750000 refugees camping out in the town. The insurgent Revolutionary United Front is now within 32 km of the capital, and large tracts of the country are inaccessible to the various agencies and charities working there.

Catching cholera?

The military government is unable to guarantee safe …

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