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Associated Press / ibnlive.in.com / Posted on Aug 13, 2011 at 02:47am IST.
World Health Organization officials said on Friday that famine-hit Somalia faces a cholera epidemic as dirty water and poor sanitation are leading to an increase in outbreaks of the disease.
Yao said the 60 percent infection rate confirms there is a "high risk" of the disease spreading quickly - "so we can say we have an epidemic."
The random samples, which were tested in a lab in the capital, were drawn from among 4,272 samples from people who have suffered the diarrhea, he said. So far, he said, there have been 181 acute watery diarrhea-related deaths.
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