"Cholera is an acute diarrheal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio Cholerae."
Nairobi, May 24 - The toll in the cholera outbreak in South Sudan's capital Juba has risen to 14 with 395 suspected cases reported, the UN humanitarian agency said Saturday.

The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Crisis (OCHA) South Sudan said the various prevention measures including vaccination and awareness programmes were implemented in UN bases and camps, Xinhua reported.

In addition to the ongoing response to 1.3 million displaced people across the country, partners increased their response to the cholera outbreak in Juba. 308 out of 395 suspected cases have been treated, OCHA said in its latest report on South Sudan.

Cholera broke out in Juba where five months of conflict between the pro-government troops and anti-government forces has left thousands homeless and has disrupted food supplies and health services.

Aid agencies have warned the situation may worsen as the rainy season starts.

Hundreds of thousands of people in South Sudan are living in displaced persons camps which are congested and lack clean water.

Cholera is an acute diarrheal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio Cholerae.

The UN has said that over 100,000 people in South Sudan had been fully vaccinated against cholera.


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