Emergencies preparedness, response

2002 - Cholera in Democratic Republic of Congo

05 March 2002

Disease Outbreak Reported

As of 5 March the Ministry of Health, Democratic Republic of the Congo has reported 5021 cases of cholera and 407 deaths in Katanga province,   since the outbreak began in November 2001. A total of 8 health zones in Katanga province, including the city of Lubumbashi, have been affected, including Ankoro, Kabolo, Kongolo and Kalemie in the northern part of the province.

The Minister of Public Health and health workers from Médecins sans frontières (MSF Belgium, MSF France, MSF Spain) and WHO have traveled to the affected province. An interagency committee was set up and has set in place outbreak control measures including case management, preventive measures, social mobilization and training, surveillance and operational training activities.