Cholera – update September 2014

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Cholera was confirmed in an adult female traveller returning from Accra, Ghana. She spent ten days in Accra and returned to South Africa (SA) on 26 July 2014.

Cholera was confirmed in an adult female traveller returning from Accra, Ghana. She spent ten days in Accra and returned to South Africa (SA) on 26 July 2014.

Ghana is currently experiencing a cholera outbreak, with 878 cases and 15 deaths reported to date. There needs to be vigilance for further imported cases, since there is always a possibility that
infected persons could introduce Vibrio cholera into informal water supplies. Rehydration therapy remains the mainstay of treatment.

The last outbreak of cholera in South Africa was in November 2008 to June 2009, and affected all nine provinces; the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases was >1 000, and clinical cases >12 000.

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