Global Alert and Response (GAR)

2000 - Cholera in Somalia

22 November 2000

Disease Outbreak Reported

As of 15 November, the Ministry of Health of Somalia has reported a total of 272 cases, including 14 deaths in Boroma, Awdal region, Somaliland since the start of the outbreak on 14 October 2000. Samples have tested positive for Vibrio cholerae 01 Ogawa.  Over 50% of the cases are children, where the case-fatality rate is the highest.

WHO continues to carry out cholera control coordination activities through the regional cholera task force. It has provided laboratory support and cholera supplies as well as chlorination activities.  A national plan is being developed and WHO is assessing training needs for case management.

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