Angolan cholera epidemic could have been prevented, says MSFBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7552.1234-b (Published 25 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1234
- Peter Moszynski
An epidemic of cholera that has infected more than 35 000 people in Angola in the past three months and killed more than 1300 could have been prevented by investment in basic services, the charity Médecins Sans Frontières said last week.
The agency says the outbreak is an example of how Africa is being crippled by preventable diseases due to poverty and lack of infrastructure, pointing out that the epidemic first started in the crowded shanty towns around the capital, Luanda, in mid-February.
The population of Luanda has doubled in the …