Emergencies preparedness, response

2002 - Cholera in Democratic Republic of Congo - Update

15 March 2002

Disease Outbreak Reported

As of 14 March the Ministry of Health, Democratic Republic of the Congo has reported 6 601 cases of cholera and 502 deaths in 24 of the 40 health zones in Katanga province, since the outbreak began in November 2001(see previous report).

The interagency committee (Ministry of Health, WHO and Médecins sans frontières - Belgium, France, Spain) which was established to control the outbreak is reinforcing surveillance and social mobilization activities.