Emergencies preparedness, response

2001 - Cholera in South Africa- Update 15

16 February 2001

Disease Outbreak Reported

As of 14 February, the Kwazulu-Natal Department of Health has reported 48 647 cases and 108 deaths since the start of the outbreak in mid-August 2000.

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

The Department of Health is putting into place a plan for health education, hygiene and health promotion along with its clinical care work and its collaboration with other sectors to provide clean water.