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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Devastating Cholera Outbreak Continues

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine -- Four people have died and dozens are sick with cholera on the Crimean Peninsula, Itar-Tass reported Monday.

The number of ill is expected to rise from the current 58 to at least 200 because of a severe water shortage and poor sanitary conditions, Boris Lezhentsev, chief sanitary physician in the Crimea, was quoted as saying.

The cholera outbreak, which resulted from a drought, is centered in the southern region's capital, Simferopol.

Officials have closed schools and some markets and added about 1,300 beds to local hospitals in an effort to stem the spread of the disease.

Cholera has broken out elsewhere in the former Soviet Union this year, particularly in the Dagestan region of southern Russia, where hundreds were infected.

In Albania, the Health Minister said that two people died from cholera over the weekend.