Emergencies preparedness, response

Cholera in Uganda

Disease Outbreaks Reported

19 May 2003

As of 30 April 2003, the Ugandan Ministry of Public Health has reported a total of 277 cases with 35 deaths in March and April 2003 in Bundibugyo district, with most cases located along the Semliki and Lamia rivers. Vibrio cholerae O1 El Tor Ogawa has been confirmed by the Ugandan Public Health Laboratory.

The Ministry of Health has sent several missions to this area and is taking many measures to control the outbreak, including: improving the coordination and response at district level; carrying out health education campaigns; mobilizing the community about appropriate sanitation practices; training health workers in case management and use of oral rehydration salts as well as in surveillance and data management; and developing active case finding with community leaders.