1999 - Cholera in Niger
03 August 1999
Disease Outbreak Reported
An outbreak has occurred in Boboyé District, Dosso Department, which is approximately 100 km east of Niamey. The first cases were reported in June and as of 30 July the total number is 169 cases with 10 deaths. Thirty-six villages were affected. Control measures which were taken at the early stages of the outbreak have helped to decrease the numbers of cases and since 28 July only 1 or 2 cases are occurring daily. The Minister of Public Health visited the area to make the public aware of the situation and to encourage the field teams for their work. Various materials and medicines were supplied by UNICEF, WHO and "Italian Cooperation" both in the districts affected and in other regions in case of spread.
Cholera outbreaks occur in Niger fairly regularly although no cases were reported in 1998. A total of 259 cases with 13 deaths was reported in 1997 and a larger outbreak with 3 957 cases and 206 deaths in 1996.