An outbreak of cholera in Morocco has caused the vaccination campaign against the disease to be stepped up.
An outbreak of cholera in Morocco has caused the vaccination campaign against the disease to be stepped up. On Tuesday, (July 20), it was the turn of the people of Casablanca to be vaccinated against the disease. The outbreak started earlier in the month in the north-eastern Nador province.
SYNOPSIS: Hard on the heels of the attempted coup in Morocco comes the intensification of a cholera outbreak. On Tuesday, it was the turn of the people of Casablanca to queue for vaccination against the disease.
The plan was to vaccinate about seven-thousand people a day from Morocco's major port. The outbreak was first reported at the beginning of July in the northeastern province of Nador--close to the Spanish enclave of Melilla. Officials took immediate steps to limit the spread of the disease. About fifty cholera cases were reported in the first instance, and the district was cordoned off to restrict contamination. Though relatively little has been heard of the outbreak since the abortive coup against King Hassan, the indications were that it was a relatively mild form of the disease, curable in about three days.