Cholera takes root in Mozambique

Cholera - Vibrio cholerae
Vibrio cholerae: The number of people infected in Msambweni and Kwale districts has reached 250, according to to the Msambweni’s District Medical Officer (file photo) (microbiologybytes)

Cholera is "becoming endemic" to Mozambique, according to the latest World Health Organisation’s (WHO) update on the ongoing outbreak.



"Since October 2007, [all] 10 provinces have reported cholera cases and the situation is expected to worsen during the rainy season," a WHO situation report said on 5 March.



According to the latest figures from the Ministry of Health, a total of 9,405 cases and 77 deaths (a case fatality rate of 0.8 percent) were recorded during the first two months of 2009.



But cholera has always been present in the country. During the years 1992, 1993, 1998, 1999 and 2004, notified cholera cases from Mozambique represented between one-third and one-fifth of all African cases, WHO reported in its cholera country profile.



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