The CHM triples its cholera unit and a death is under investigation

The CHM triples its cholera unit and a death is under investigation
The CHM triples its cholera unit and a death is under investigation

As we published on Thursday, the cholera bacteria continues to spread in the territory and to be transmitted. Public Health France reports 27 new cases occurring between June 12 and 18, bringing to 193 the total number of cases recorded in the department since the beginning of the introduction of the disease in Mayotte. Among these cases, 172 concern locally acquired cases and 21 are cases imported from the Comoros or countries on the African continent.

A new outbreak identified in Doujani

While two outbreaks of contamination were active in the commune of Mamoudzou, in Passamainty, where 36 cases had been confirmed and in Tsoundzou 1, where 13 cases had been recorded, a third active outbreak was added, in Doujani, where 12 cases were counted “in one week” mentions Public Health France. These cases would be among the 19 people who were hospitalized in the CHM cholera unit, as we indicated.

A third death from cholera?

Since the start of the epidemic, fourteen serious cases had required intensive care and two deaths had been recorded. But a third death which occurred on June 18 is now under investigation. Also, a fourth death that could not be attributed to cholera was nevertheless recorded as a probable case.

THE epidemiologists are now talking about an epidemic

In its epidemiological bulletin, Public Health France mentions the term epidemic to categorize the epidemiological stage of the circulation of the disease in the territory.

The cholera unit triples its places

Cholera mainly affects a young population

According to our sources, the CHM cholera unit, which initially had fourteen places, would have been doubled, even tripled, to be able to accommodate sick cases. At the start of the week, 19 patients had been received in the unit. According to Dr Niang, infectious disease specialist in charge of the unit, “these were sporadic cases, some came from the Doujani cluster, others from Cavani and Kawéni. »

This Thursday evening, June 20, he told us that 15 patients were still hospitalized and that four children were still awaiting a diagnosis, but that their clinical condition did not seem suggestive of cholera. For the infectious diseases specialist, cases of cholera would not explode and would even begin to decline: “It is not exploding, it would even begin to decline, the ARS is doing considerable work. »

Let’s hope the future proves him right.

Mathilde Hangard

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