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report American Red Cross

Written by Katie Lawson , Staff Writer, Redcross.org

Thursday, July 06, 2006 - According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cholera claims the lives of 150,000 people in developing countries each year. Although the disease has been virtually eliminated in the United States, in other parts of the world cholera is still all too common and deadly.

In mid-February 2006, an outbreak of cholera was reported in the African country of Angola. By June, the outbreak had grown to nearly 44,000 cases with more than 1,600 deaths.