Emergencies preparedness, response

Cholera in Liberia

3 July 2003

Disease Outbreak Reported

Between 6-29 June, 586 cases of cholera have been reported from those health facilities still operational in Monrovia. From 23-29 June, 50% of the admissions were from Bushrod Island and central Monrovia. Because of the security situation, exact numbers of cases and deaths are difficult to obtain.

WHO is supporting the Ministry of Health with control measures, including mass chlorination in and around Monrovia. WHO is also providing drugs, medical supplies and chlorine to those nongovernmental organizations, including MERLIN and Médecins sans Frontières (France and Belgium), working in Monrovia.