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13 Feb 2017

#Cholera in #Somalia, Weekly #update: 13 February 2017 (@WHO EMRO, edited)


Title: #Cholera in #Somalia, Weekly #update: 13 February 2017.

Subject: Cholera outbreak in Somalia, WHO Update.

Source: World Health Organization (WHO), Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Region, full page: (LINK).

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Cholera in Somalia, Weekly update: 13 February 2017



  • A total of 913 new suspected cases of cholera, including 10 deaths and a case–fatality rate of 1.1% have been reported in Somalia by the federal Ministry of Health.
  • There has been a decrease in fatalities compared to last week (case–fatality rate 1.7%) indicating an improvement in patient care and overall response activities in the country. 
  • WHO continues to work with the Somali Ministry of Health as well as Health and WASH cluster partners to strengthen cholera response activities at the national and regional levels.
    • A new cholera treatment centre has been established in Burhakaba, and health workers have been trained on case management.
    • Chlorination of water source was conducted in Baidoa, Burhakaba and surrounding areas.
    • Five water kiosks have been constructed in Mahadaay district. 
  • Campaigns raising awareness on the ills of open defecation as well as the importance of hand-washing were held in Jowhar. Demonstrations on water treatment and the use of oral rehydration salts at home have also conducted.
  • The cholera outbreak in Somalia has affected in 38 districts in 8 regions and is spreading to new villages and districts.
    • Most of the affected districts are along the Shebelle River where the waters have dried up.
    • The ongoing drought, subsequent water shortage and malnutrition have led to the spread of the outbreak.
  • Since the beginning of January 2017, 4026 cumulative suspected cases of cholera including 57 deaths (case–fatality rate 1.5%) have been reported.
    • Due to the prolonged conflict in the country, insecurity and accessibility are among the hindrances to cholera response operations.


Keywords: WHO; Updates; Cholera; Somalia.


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