cholera victims.jpgMore than 300 people have died in the West African nation of Cameroon from the country’s worst cholera outbreak in 20 years.

 

Reports from the Cameroonian capital Yaounde say,  more than 4 500 people have been infected by the highly contagious disease  that causes diarrhoea in victims, leading to severe dehydration.

 

At least 331 people have died since the outbreak began in May, and officials fear it will spread further when children return to school this week after summer break.

 

In an effort to contain the outbreak,the Cameroonian government has launched an informational campaign in schools to teach children about cleanliness and hygiene to prevent the disease from spreading.

 

Cholera  has also killed several hundreds of people in Nigeria this year and more than 40 in the neighbouring country of Chad.