Acute watery diarrhoeal syndrome in Ethiopia
4 October 2006
As of 28 September 2006, The Ministry of Health, Ethiopia has reported a total of 22 101 cases and 219 deaths (case fatality rate (CFR) 1.0%). Five regions out of nine (Amhara, Oromiya, Somali, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region (SNNPR), and Tigray) and one subdivision (Addis Ababa) are affected, with 79% of cases occurring in Oromiya region. A total of 19 zones and 56 woredas are affected by the outbreak. Vibrio cholerae 01 sero type inaba has been confirmed in some of the affected areas.
Ongoing flooding has affected seven of Ethiopia's nine regions and displaced many people. Amhara, the region severely affected by floods, has a CFR of 10%. The Ministry of Health continues to implement control measures, case management and further assessments in cooperation with WHO, UNICEF and partners in non-governmental organizations.