The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that more than 500 people have died as a result of a cholera outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Congo is regularly affected by outbreaks of cholera due to a lack of access to clean drinking water and poor sanitation.
WHO confirmed that the disease has already spread to 20 of the 26 provinces in the DRC.
WHO released a statement saying, “the risk of spread remains very high toward the Grand Kasai region, where degraded sanitary and security conditions further increase vulnerability in the face of the epidemic.”
Epidemiologists and public health specialist have been sent to the DRC to try and contain the spread of the disease.