Emergencies preparedness, response

Cholera in Benin

20 November 2003

Disease Outbreak Reported

WHO has received reports from the Ministry of Health of a total number of 265 cases and 3 deaths in Benin from 1 January to 15 November 2003. The outbreak in two départements, Atlantique and Borgou, is still ongoing. Vibrio cholerae has been laboratory confirmed.

The Ministry of Health is carrying out control measures and disseminating health education messages. WHO has provided equipment and materials to assist in the containment of the outbreak.