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Cholera update for Somalia, August 2018

  • In August 2018, a total of 244 suspected cholera cases, including 1 associated death was reported from Hiraan, Banadir, Lower Jubba, Lower Shabelle and Middle Shabelle regions; the case-fatality rate is 0.4%.
  • Since December 2017, a total of 6 239 suspected cholera cases, including 42 associated deaths (case–fatality rate: 0.67%) has been reported from five regions. The districts with the highest cumulative number of cases are Kismayo (2291), Jowhar (558) and Hodan (541).
  • The number of reported cases during month of August showed a remarkable decrease as compared to the previous month (499). The highest number of cases were reported during the month of May (1471) and during following months a declining trend observed in the reported cases.
  • A total of 261 stool specimen were collected form 6 cholera treatment centres, from January to August 2018, out of which 79 have been confirmed for Vibrio cholerae, serotype Ogawa.

Cholera update for Yemen, August 2018


  • In August 2018, the Ministry of Public Health and Population of Yemen reported a total 28 376 suspected cholera cases including 65 associated deaths (case–fatality rate: 0.23%), from 17 governorates. 
  • The cumulative number of suspected cholera cases reported in Yemen since October 2016 is 1 185 275, including 2536 related deaths with a case-fatality rate of 0.21%. The country experienced a second wave of this outbreak from 27 April 2017. As of 31 August 2018, total number of reported cases of suspected cholera is 1 159 448 including 2407 related deaths with a case fatality rate of 0.21%.  
  • Since 27 April 2017, a total of 8 221 stool specimens tested to date, out of these total 2529 have been laboratory confirmed for Vibrio cholerae.
  •  The 5 governorates with the highest cumulative attack rates per 10 000 are Amran (983.2), Al Mahwit (946.1), Al Dhale’e (656.0), Sana’a (594.8) and Dahamar (566.0). The national attack rate is 414.2 per 10 000. The governorate with high numbers of deaths are Al Hajjah (438), Ibb (326), Al Hudaydah (299) and Taizz (193). 

Read the latest cholera update for Yemen, August 2018

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