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Outbreak update – Cholera in Somalia, 14 November 2018

14 November 2018 – The Ministry of Health of Somalia has announced 19 new suspected cases of cholera, with one death, for epidemiological week 44 (29 October to 4 November) of 2018. Of these new cases, 68% (13) are females while 58% (11) are children below five years of age. The cumulative total of cases is 6539, including 44 associated deaths (case-fatality rate 0.7%), since the beginning of the current outbreak in December 2017 along the Shabelle River. Stool samples have been collected from six cholera treatment units in four regions (Banadir, Hiraan, Lower Jubba and Middle Shabelle) and tested in the National Public Heatlh Laboratory (NPHL) in Mogadishu. During this reporting period, 15 stool samples were collected from Banadir hospital and six samples were positive for Vibrio cholerae, serotype O1 Ogawa. In total, of the 315 stool samples that have been tested since the beginning of this year, 98 tested positive. Routine collection and analysis of stool samples have continued at NPHL.

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