|BREAKING: Cholera case reported on train heading to Yaounde|
|Written by Ro-Martin Fefeh|
|Tuesday, 07 September 2010 12:25|
The train took off from Ngoundere Monday night but was forced to stop mid-way at Mbanjock when a passenger in wagon 940 began showing symptoms of cholera, a Camrail spokesperson said.
“The passenger was taken to hospital at Mbanjock, while the train was disinfected before allowed to continue its journey,” the spokesperson told the Standard Tribune.
“Passengers were shaken but everything was quickly brought under control. There are no risks that some other people would be infected.”
Train 192 took off at about 6pm Monday carrying passengers from northern Cameroon and Chad where a cholera epidemic has been unrelenting since May.
Cholera has killed more than 300 people in the Far North and North regions of Cameroon and sickened more than 4,500 people. More than 50 deaths have been reported in Chad.
With unrestricted movements from the epidemic zones, there have been fears of the disease spreading to the south of the country where sanitary conditions are as bad but which has so far been spared.
Concerns grew this week as schools reopened with fears things could quickly go out of hand. Most schools lack latrines and clean water and pupil’s hygiene cannot be trusted, say relief workers.
The outbreak is the worst to hit Cameroon in 20 years.
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