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Sierra Leone Cholera Outbreak Leaves 34 People Dead, More Ill

March 8 (Bloomberg) -- At least 34 people have been killed by a cholera outbreak in Sierra Leone, Deputy Health and Sanitation Minister Borbor Sawyer said today.

The West African nation has recorded 2,137 cases of the bacterial infection since last month in three districts in the north and south, he told reporters in Freetown, the capital.

Cholera causes acute watery diarrhea and severe dehydration and is spread through contaminated food and water.

To contact the reporter on this story: Silas Gbandia in Freetown via Accra at sgbandia@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Emily Bowers at ebowers1@bloomberg.net

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