Via Reuters: Ebola distracts from worsening Cameroon cholera outbreak | World. Excerpt:
A cholera epidemic in northern Cameroon has killed at least 65 people and probably infected about 1,300 people in two months, as international attention has been diverted to fighting Ebola in West Africa, health experts said on Saturday.
They said the insurgency by Islamist sect Boko Haram was also hampering efforts to control the outbreak.
Some 185 suspected cholera cases were recorded last week alone in the outbreak focused on the Mogode, Hina and Bourha districts on the turbulent Nigerian border. The death toll is expected to climb as more cases are confirmed by laboratory testing.
Atilio Rivera-Vasquez, public health adviser in the region for International Medical Corps, said Cameroonian health authorities were diverting resources to impose checks at border crossing and airports for Ebola, after it killed more than 700 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
“This is distracting from an appropriate and fast response to this cholera epidemic,” Rivera-Vasquez said.
I suspect Ebola is also crowding out effective responses to other diseases afflicting West Africa, whether cholera, malaria, diarrhea, or measles. Either people are avoiding treatment or the treatment simply isn't there—hospitals either have no remaining capacity or available staff, or they've shut down altogether.