Emergencies preparedness, response

2001 - Cholera in South Africa- Update 16

23 February 2001

Disease Outbreak Reported

As of 22 February, the Kwazulu-Natal Department of Health has reported 56 092 cases and 120 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. Pietermaritzburg/Ndlovu is also affected.

The Kwazulu-Natal Department of Health continues to monitor water sources for contamination and to promote good hygiene measures in the community.