Cholera outbreak reaches capital

From Times Wire Reports

An outbreak of cholera in the Republic of Congo has reached the capital, Brazzaville, killing four people and pushing the death toll this year to 82, a senior medical official said.

Cases of the waterborne disease were first recorded in early January in the coastal oil-exporting city of Pointe-Noire, 240 miles from the inland capital.

The intestinal infection can be transmitted by food or water contaminated with feces. Its spread to Brazzaville in spite of authorities’ efforts to control it has caused concern in the Central African country.