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Cholera Outbreaks in Central and West Africa : 2016 Regional Update - Week 08

Highlights at mid march 2016:

To date, three (3) countries are reporting active cholera transmission with a diffusion which is progressively spreading in Nigeria and Benin.

Nigeria: Since the beginning of the year, five (5) states reported suspected cholera cases: Abia and Cross-River (south east), Borno (North-East), and Kano and Kebbi (North– North-west). No laboratory confirmation was undertaken so far.

Benin: Benin reported in weeks 7 and 8 respectively 13 cases (0 death) and 17 cases (0 death). The affected area by the epidemic is still located in the lakeside municipalities of Aguégués. The health zone (Porto Novo- Aguégués- Seme Kpodji) with the support of the Health departmental directorate of Ouémé and Ministry of Health continues the medical care activities and prevention activities in the affected area (Houedomé). [see reverse]

=> Pro-active surveillance to be maintained in Niger, especially in cross-border area such as Maradi, Zinder and Dosso, and the countries from the South Gui-nea Gulf.

DRC: With more than 500 weekly cholera cases on average, DRC is still expe-riencing a high cholera transmission, particularly in Haut Lomami, Tshopo (Basoko health are) and North and South Kivu.


[see reverse] Municipalities around of Nokoué lake (Sô-Ava, Dangbo, akpro-missérété, Porto-Novo, Seme-Kpodji, Cotonou) whose proximity, geographical similarity and exchanges are in the frontline for cholera prevention activities. Health centers and local authori-ties in these municipalities were alerted to strengthen surveillance and prevention. For this purpose, the shield actions (sensitization and hygiene promotion) have started in the city of Porto novo in areas identified as at risk in particular to the crossing point (Porto novo-Aguégués) the main entry into the city and in the small market beside. In parallel, the National Directorate of Public Health (DNSP) is working with partners to develop an information tool and monitoring activities. This tool will soon be shared with partners.

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