Emergencies preparedness, response

2002 - Cholera in Democratic Republic of the Congo

15 November 2002

Disease Outbreak Reported

As of  20 October 2002, the Ministry of Health, Democratic Republic of the Congo has reported  394 cases of cholera including 41 deaths (CFR: 10.4%) in Kasai Oriental. The most affected areas are the city of Mbuji-Mayi and the Miabi, Tshilenge, and Katende, health districts. Vibrio cholerae El Tor has been laboratory confirmed.

The surveillance committee (Ministry of Health, WHO, UNICEF and Health Net International) which was established to control the outbreak has set up five cholera centres and is reinforcing surveillance and social mobilization activities.