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UN: Cholera 'epidemic' strikes Burundi refugees

12:49am EDT - 01:07

Cholera has killed dozens and infected some 3,000 Burundi refugees in Tanzania in a worsening epidemic, the United Nations says. Yiming Woo reports.

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Burundi refugees who've made it to Tanzania, after fleeing political turmoil at home, now face an outbreak of cholera. Here in a stadium near Lake Tanganyika, the deadly disease is spreading. Officials say it's killed at least 33 people in the area over the past few weeks. The UN says over 3,000 more have been infected with cholera in the country, and it fears a growing humanitarian crisis. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.N. REFUGEE AGENCY SPOKESMAN ADRIAN EDWARDS SAYING: "The epidemic is still worsening. To date some 3,000 cases have been reported, and numbers are increasing at a rate of 300 to 400 people per day, new cases, particularly in Kagunga and nearby areas." Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision last month to stand for a third term has sparked protests and a failed coup. It's sent refugees, many from the Tutsi minority, into neighbouring countries. An estimated 100,000 Burundians have already fled, and the UN says the exodus could double in the coming months.

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UN: Cholera 'epidemic' strikes Burundi refugees

12:49am EDT - 01:07