Saturday, August 20, 2011


We woke up to this!!
U.S. Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi
Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens
August 19, 2011

This Emergency Message is to alert all U.S. citizens living in or visiting Burundi to an outbreak of Cholera in the country. The outbreak originated in Cibitoke province and has now spread to Bujumbura Mairie, including Kanyosha and Musaga. Emergency medical facilities have been erected in Musaga to treat infected persons. Additionally, an ambulance is available to transport sick persons from their homes to a clinic.

It is recommended that individuals take the following precautions to reduce the risk of infection:
· Do not eat fresh fruit or vegetables when dining in restaurants.
· Be aware of the source of the water you drink, and do not consume tap water.
· Only drink water that has been distilled or boiled (rolling boil for 3 minutes).
· Sanitize your fruits and vegetables at home using bleach water:
o Scrub/wash off all dirt
o Soak in a dilute bleach solution (2 tbsp bleach per 4 liters water) for 10 minutes
o Rinse in distilled or boiled water
o Air dry
· Wash your hands often using both soap and warm water.
· Advise your domestic staff to take the same precautions.

More information about Cholera can be found at the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) web page on Cholera at
We have alerted all of the members and also the 8 young missionaries in our charge. We hope you will include the members of the Bujumbura Branches and the missionaries in Bujumbura in your prayers. We send our deepest love to you!!
May God bless us all!!

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