Global Health Observatory (GHO)

Cholera case fatality rate

Situation and trends

The reported case fatality rate (CFR) is a measure of the severity of a disease and is defined as the proportion of reported cases of a specified disease or condition which are fatal within a specified time.

With proper and timely treatment, the case fatality rate should remain below 1%. However, many countries report CFRs which are much higher.

In 2013, CFRs <1% were reported by 4 countries and 17 countries reported a CFR between 1% and 5%. CFRs >5% were reported in 5 African countries. Globally the overall CFR was 1.63%.