Global Alert and Response (GAR)

2002 - Cholera in Niger

24 July 2002

Disease Outbreak Reported

The Ministry of Public Health has reported a total of 104 cases with 8 deaths (case-fatality rate of 7.70%) from 9 June to 22 July in Gaya district, Dosso Region in the south of the country near the border with Benin and Nigeria.  Vibrio cholerae El Tor has been laboratory confirmed by the National Reference Laboratory, Niger.

The Ministry of Public Health and local health authorities have implemented measures to control the outbreak, including the intensification of surveillance in Gaya district as well as in the rest of the country, health education campaigns and chlorination of wells and other activities to improve sanitary conditions.   WHO has supported this effort by providing drugs for treatment and transport facilities for health education and social mobilization teams.  

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