PRO/EAFR> Cholera – South Africa (05): update


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Date: Thu 8 Jun 2023
Source: Outbreak News Today [edited]

South Africa’s National Department of Health announced on Thursday [8
Jun 2023] that the cholera death toll now stands at 31, following the
outbreak in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria. According to the
department, Gauteng accounts for 29 deaths, while Free State and
Mpumalanga account for one fatality each. Data shows that the country
has recorded a total cumulative number of 166 laboratory-confirmed
cases and 202 suspected infections of cholera in 5 provinces between 1
Feb and 6 Jun 2023.

The statistics reveal that the majority of cases were recorded in
Gauteng, which accounts for at least 92% or 152 cases, while Free
State accounts for 5%, translating to 9 infections. Meanwhile, the
waterborne disease has spread to the other provinces, with the North
West reporting 3 infections and one each in Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

The cholera outbreak has affected 14 countries in the WHO African
Region. Since 1 Jan 2022, a cumulative number of 194 840 cholera cases
have been reported to the WHO Regional Office for Africa, including
3700 deaths with a case fatality ratio (CFR) of 1.9% as of 28 May

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