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Cholera infects 3,000 Burundian refugees; UN call for help

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 The U.N. refugee agency says an outbreak of cholera has infected 3,000 people in a Tanzanian border region where refugees from Burundi have massed.

   UNHCR says 300 to 400 new cases are being reported daily. At least 31 people, including two Tanzanians, have died of cholera recently.

   More than 64,000 Burundians have fled to Tanzania in recent weeks to escape political unrest sparked by their president's bid for an unconstitutional third term, according to the U.N.

   UNHCR and its partners appealed for help Friday, saying $207 million is needed to respond to the humanitarian crisis caused by the influx of refugees.

   Thousands more Burundians have fled to Congo and Rwanda.

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