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Weekly epidemiological record 2014

Cholera remains a major public health problem in many parts of the world and is often a relatively neglected disease. In 2014, a total of 190 549 cholera cases with 2231 deaths were reported to WHO by 42 countries resulting in an overall case fatality rate (CFR) of 1.17%. Compared to 2013, this represents a 47% increase. Cases were reported from all regions (Map 1), however 5 countries – Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ghana, Haiti and Nigeria – together reported 84% of all cases; 55% of all reported cases originated from Africa, 30% from Asia and 15% from Hispaniola.
Deaths due to cholera were reported by 24 countries; 1882 deaths occurred in Africa, 42 in Asia, and 307 in Hispaniola.

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