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Cholera outbreak hits South Sudan

KAMPALA, Uganda — An outbreak of cholera is putting thousands of lives at risk in parts of South Sudan, worsening the country’s humanitarian crisis amid ongoing violence, the aid group Save the Children said Friday.

The disease has infected more than 2,600 people and killed at least 60 since the first cases were reported in the capital, Juba, in May. Cholera outbreaks or alerts have been reported in nine of South Sudan’s 10 states.

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The situation is likely to get worse with heavy rains expected in coming weeks and months, the aid group said, calling for greater supplies of medicines.

‘‘Stagnant floodwater provides the perfect conditions for the rapid spread of cholera, and roads are turning to mud, hindering efforts to get support and life-saving drugs to those that desperately need them,’’ said Pete Walsh, the group’s South Sudan director.

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He noted that the spread is ‘‘extremely concerning, especially coming on top of a growing hunger crisis.’’

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