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Urgent Action Needed to Combat Cholera Outbreaks

By Copilot, Health Correspondent

Published on April 3, 2024

Cholera Cases Surge Worldwide

The International Coordinating Group (ICG) on Vaccine Provision has issued a stark warning: we are facing a multi-year upsurge in cholera cases globally. This acute disease, transmitted through contaminated food and water, has been spreading since 2021. In 2022, a staggering 473,000 cases were reported to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than double the previous year's count. Preliminary data for 2023 reveals an alarming surge, with over 700,000 cases reported.

Cholera is preventable and treatable. The WHO recommends urgent actions:

  • Invest in access to safe water and sanitation.
  • Test and swiftly detect outbreaks.
  • Fast-track vaccine production to better prevent cases.

Air Quality Crisis Persists

Only seven countries worldwide meet the WHO's annual guideline limit for PM2.5 (particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 microns or less). These tiny particles, emitted from various sources including fires, transport, and industry, pose serious health risks. Exposure to PM2.5 air pollution is linked to asthma, lung disease, and cancer. Australia, Estonia, Finland, Grenada, Iceland, Mauritius, and New Zealand are the exceptions.

The WHO emphasizes that the burden of disease attributable to air pollution rivals major global health risks like unhealthy diets and tobacco smoking.

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