Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Cholera in Mali - update 2

17 December 2003

Disease Outbreak Reported

As of 12 December 2003, the Ministry of Health, Mali has reported a total number of 1216 cases, including 106 deaths (case fatality rate, 8.72%) in Koulikoro, Segou, Mopti, Tombouctou, Sikasso regions and in Bamako.( see previous report).

The outbreak appears to be in decline in Koulikoro and Segou regions but is still not under control in Mopti region. In addition, cholera cases have recently been registered in Sikasso region.

The team from the WHO Global Task Force on Cholera Control is assisting the Ministry of Health in assessing the safety of the water supplies, carrying out surveillance activities and providing additional supplies. The team is collaborating with Médecins sans Frontières and Médecins du Monde who continue providing technical assistance and supplies.

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