Johannesburg – Unhygienic bars and restaurants in the Burundian capital Bujumbura have been closed down following a cholera outbreak, the mayor of the city confirmed in a statement.
The BBC reported that so far 126 people have been infected by the acute diarrhoeal infection, which is caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholera.
In severe cases, the disease can kill within hours if left untreated.
“There are public areas in Bujumbura like bars and restaurants that lack hygiene, that’s why we have four or five new cases every day,” Mayor Freddy Mbonimpa said.
The establishments closed included those operating in markets and near the roads that were found to have poor hygiene standards, he said.