Emergencies preparedness, response

Cholera in Niger

2 June 2004

The Ministry of Health, Niger has reported a total of 137 cases including 5 deaths of cholera between 3 May 2004 and 17 May 2004 in the region of Tillabery (Ayorou city).

Vibrio cholerae O1 El Tor Ogawa has been laboratory confirmed. This outbreak is linked to heavy rainfalls in the area, and to population movements along the Niger River for trade purposes, between Gao and Timbuctu Provinces in Mali and Tillabery district in Niger.

The Ministry of Health, with the support of WHO is implementing control measures in the area, including the restriction of market places and health education activities around safe drinking water.