Number of cholera cases decline in Somalia
15 August 2016 – Following a scaled up response by WHO to the acute watery diarrhoea/cholera outbreak in Somalia, the number of cases and deaths have slightly declined in the last few weeks. More than 10 296 cases of acute watery diarrhoea/cholera were reported from January to June 2016, with almost 60% of the cases among children under 5 years of age. These numbers represented a 5-fold increase in the number of cases reported during the same period in 2015.
The outbreak is linked to contamination of water sources as a result of flooding of the river banks of Shabelle and Juba in the South and Central Somalia. The most affected regions are Banadir, Bay, Lower and Middle Juba, Lower and Middle Shabelle and Hiraan regions. In recent weeks, the outbreak spread to new districts in Bakool and Hiiran regions. Millions of people are at risk as a result of the floods, including almost 300 000 children under the age of 5 who are malnourished and face an increased risk of disease and death.