1999 - Cholera in Sierra Leone
14 September 1999
Disease Outbreak Reported
The Ministry of Health and Sanitation has reported to WHO an outbreak of cholera, with 134 cases and 1 death between 1 and 6 September. Of 8 stool specimens sent for laboratory tests, 6 were positive for Vibrio cholerae O1 subtype Ogawa. Tests have revealed sensitivity to tetracycline, doxycycline and cotrimoxazole.
WHO and other partners have been supporting the Ministry in taking appropriate control measures, e.g. reactivation of the cholera task force, establishment of specific subcommittees (for surveillance, case management and sanitation) and of cholera treatment centres. Mass health education campaigns are being carried out and communications networks are being strengthened. Available supplies are adequate for the treatment of 3 000 cases.