Global Health Observatory (GHO)

Cholera

Epidemics of cholera: Globally, cholera incidence has increased steadily since 2005 with cholera outbreaks affecting several continents. Cholera continues to pose a serious public health problem among developing world populations which have no access to adequate water and sanitation resources. In 2012, 48% of cases were reported from Africa whereas between 2001 and 2009, 93% to 98% of total cases worldwide were reported from that continent.

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Reported cases

>49%of reported cholera cases in 2012 occurred in the Americas, mostly in Haiti

Number of reported cholera cases

Treatment

80%of cholera cases can be treated using only Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS)

WHO position paper on ORS to reduce mortality from cholera

Prevention

783 millionpeople in the world do not use improved sources of drinking water

Use of improved drinking water sources

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