Russia considering sending medics to cholera-stricken Sierra Leone

Russia is considering the possibility of sending a group of medical specialists to Sierra Leone, where a massive outbreak of cholera has been recorded.

"The possibility of assistance is being considered, including our special anti-epidemic group's involvement in the efforts to contain this huge hotbed of cholera," Russian state public health official and head of the consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor Gennady Onishchenko told Interfax.

The group could include infection disease specialists and epidemiologists provided with the necessary equipment, he said.

"Tens of thousands are sick and hundreds have died [of cholera] in Sierra Leone," he said.

The UN News Center reported that 273 people died of cholera in Sierra Leone, and the epidemic has affected 12 out of the 13 regions in the country, with the highest cluster of infections occurring in the western area of the country where its capital Freetown is located. The key factors contributing to the epidemic are poor sanitary conditions and an acute shortage of pure water in the country, especially in the capital.

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