Emergencies preparedness, response

2001 - Cholera in South Africa - Update 11

09 January 2001

Disease Outbreak Reported

As of 8 January, the Kwazulu-Natal Department of Health has reported 15 983 cases and 60 deaths since the start of the outbreak in mid-August 2000. 

Cholera cases and deaths are only reported once laboratory testing has taken place and cholera is confirmed.

The outbreak in Kwazulu-Natal is affecting: the Empangeni area, made up of the Lower Umfolozi districts, which include Hlabisa and Ngwelezane and the Eshowe/Nkandla area. The lower South Coast is affected mainly in the KwaDukuza/Stanger area and Ugu Region/South Coast.

A team of epidemiologists from the WHO Regional Office for Africa is working with the Department of Health to assess control measures taken so far and to further limit the spread of the outbreak.

No special restrictions on travel to and from KwaZulu-Natal are warranted.