Cholera outbreak in Uganda
The Uganda Ministry of Health has reported cholera epidemics in 6 districts scattered across the country. The districts affected are Mbale, Sironko and Bududa in the Eastern region; Kasese and Buliisa districts in the West and South Western regions; and Nebbi district in the West Nile sub-region (Northern Uganda). Between the months of February and March 2012 a cumulative of 358 cases with 18 deaths (CFR = 5.0%) has been registered from the districts of Mbale, Sironko, Buliisa, Bududa and Nebbi. In Kasese district a cumulative of 366 cases including 10 deaths (CFR = 2.7%) have been registered as of March 2012. The causative agent for the cholera epidemics has been confirmed by the Central Public Health Laboratory (CPHL) as being Vibrio cholerae O1 biotype El Tor serotype Inaba.
The Ministry of Health dispatched rapid response teams to all the affected districts to support the district response to the outbreaks. Partners at district and national levels are supporting MoH and districts to respond to the epidemics.
Source: WHO AFRO