Emergencies preparedness, response

2000 - Cholera in South Africa

13 October 2000

Disease Outbreak Reported

The Kwazulu-Natal Department of Health has reported 2 175 cases and 22 deaths since the start of the outbreak in mid-August 2000.  The outbreak is in northern Kwazulu-Natal, affecting the Lower Umfolozi Districts which include Ngwelezane and Empangeni and  Eshowe/Nkandla areas.  The WHO Office in South Africa is working with the Department of Health to implement preventive and control measures, including health education, case management and surveillance and monitoring.