Sierra Leone and Guinea struggle to contain a cholera outbreak
The rainy season has come to the West African coast, and right alongside it, cholera. The bacteria is transmitted through contaminated water or food, most often in places with poor sanitation and water treatment. In severe cases, cholera causes a rapid loss of bodily fluids, leading to severe dehydration and possibly death in a matter of just a few hours. In West Africa, especially in over-crowded coastal slums, the poorest residents live without toilets, running water or proper drainage of waste water, making them more likely to contract this preventable and treatable illness.