1996 - Cholera in Liberia
26 April 1996
Disease Outbreak Reported
WHO, together with several partner agencies, has succeeded in delivering fresh supplies of emergency medicines and equipment to the beleaguered Liberian capital of Monrovia, where fighting has left at least 1,450 persons wounded. Of particular concern is that under the chaotic conditions, a recent outbreak of cholera in Monrovia could quickly spread.
On Monday, a WHO team confirmed the presence of cholera in the BTC district of Monrovia. Forty-seven cases have also been reported at the IDP compound in Greystone.
A WHO consignment of emergency medicine was airlifted by helicopter from Freetown to Monrovia. The WHO country representative in Liberia is working closely with the Ministry of Health, partner UN agencies and three local nongovernmental organizations to distribute the new supplies to hospitals and health centres in Monrovia and re-organize emergency services.
WHO is also working to limit the spread of cholera and other infectious diseases in the city due to the hazardous water and sanitation conditions, and to strengthen locally available technical capacities to respond to epidemics.
Cholera was also reported from the following countries in the past week: Mali, Niger, Togo and Zaire.