Emergencies preparedness, response

Cholera in Mali

25 November 2003

Disease Outbreak Reported

The Ministry of Health, Mali has reported a total number of 693 cases and 55 deaths of cholera in 3 regions along the Niger River: Segou, Mopti and Koulikoro from 11 August to 9 November 2003. Vibrio cholerae El Tor has been laboratory confirmed by the Institut National de Santé Publique, Bamako, Mali.

The Ministry of Health has intensified surveillance and developed an action plan to control the outbreak. Médecins sans Frontières-Luxembourg has opened cholera treatment centres and provided equipment and materials.