Significant drop in cholera cases


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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There has been a major drop in the number of cholera cases being reported. According to a new World Health Organization (WHO) report, the number of cholera cases decreased globally by 60 per cent in 2018, with the authority saying the drop points to an encouraging trend in cholera prevention and control in the world’s major cholera hotspots, including Haiti, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

There were 499,447 cases of cholera and 2,990 deaths in 2018, according to reports from 34 countries. The caseload represents a significant downward trend in cholera transmission that has continued into 2019, according to data collected by the WHO. 

“The global decrease in case numbers we are observing appears to be linked to large-scale vaccination campaigns and countries beginning to adopt the Global Roadmap to 2030 strategy in their national cholera action plans,” said Dr Dominique Legros, who heads the WHO’s cholera programme in Geneva. “We must continue to strengthen our efforts to engage all cholera-endemic countries in this global strategy to eliminate cholera." 

The Global Task Force on Cholera Control launched the Global Roadmap strategy for effective long-term cholera control and elimination in October 2017. It aims to eliminate transmission in up to 20 countries by 2030.