Emergencies preparedness, response

2000 - Cholera in South Africa - Update 5

10 November 2000

Disease Outbreak Reported

As of 9 November, the Kwazulu-Natal Department of Health has reported 4 583 cases and 33 deaths since the start of the outbreak in mid-August 2000  There has been one new death since 3 November (see previous report). and the number of new cases each day has been decreasing. 

The outbreak in Kwazulu-Natal is affecting the following areas: Lower Umfolozi districts which include Ngwelezane and Empangeni, Ulundi, Eshowe/Nkandla areas, Durban, KwaDukuza/Stanger area, Jozini and Ugu Region/South Coast.

The Kwazulu-Natal Department of Health is working with partners to provide additional latrines and boreholes as well as water purification systems in the affected communities on South and North coast.  Health education measures are continuing.