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Cholera Cases Spike in Cyclone-Ravaged Mozambique

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Cholera Cases Spike in Cyclone-Ravaged MozambiqueAs of Friday, the number of cases had jumped to 139.

Cholera Cases Spike in Cyclone-Ravaged Mozambique

The number of cholera cases in Mozambique has spiked in a matter of days after a cyclone hit the country earlier this month.

Health officials confirmed  the first five cases  of the disease on Wednesday.

As of Friday, that number is  up to 139 .

Cholera  can be caused by unsafe food or drinking water and a lack of sanitation.

It causes diarrhea and can be deadly if left untreated.

To combat the disease, the World Health Organization says  over 900,000  cholera vaccines and  21 Emergency Medical Teams  were sent to Mozambique.

In the city of Beira, officials say they fear the cholera outbreak could spread.

"No this is chaotic.

It's what we've been living from day one.

But our approach has been saving lives.

What we did in city of Beira is restore water ... The risk of an outbreak of cholera in this city is very high," said Celso Correia, Mozambique's environment minister.

Cyclone Idai  made landfall  March 14 in central Mozambique.

The storm brought heavy rains and sustained winds measuring more than 100 miles per hour.

It's killed over  750 people  across southern Africa, and that number is still expected to rise.

Additional reporting from  Newsy affiliate CNN .

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