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Somalia: 2021 Cholera

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    Outbreak update – Cholera in Somalia, 6 June 2021
    Source: WHO
    Posted: 22 Jun 2021
    Originally published: 17 Jun 2021

    17 June 2021 – The Ministry of Health of Somalia has announced 211 new suspected cases of cholera, with 5 reported deaths, for epidemiological week 22 (31 May – 6 June 2021). All cases were reported from Banadir, Bay and lower Shabelle regions.

    The cumulative total number of suspected cholera cases in 2021 is 2761, including 24 associated deaths with a case fatality ratio (CFR) of 0.9%. Of the total cases reported from Somalia since the first week of this year, 60.3% (1666) were children under 5 years of age and 43.3% cases were females. All suspected cholera cases were reported from 22 districts from Hirshabelle, South West states and Banadir region. In 2021, a cumulative attack rate of 79 persons per 100 000 populations was reported. The highest attack rate was reported from the districts of Adale (554 per 100 000 population), Danyile (519 per 100 000 population), and Madina (233 per 100 000 population). The majority of the deaths have been reported from Banadir.

    The current cholera outbreak started in December 2017 following floods that affected districts in the basins of Jubba and Shabelle rivers. It was contained in five of the six regions while active transmission has continued to be reported from Banadir. Recurrent flash floods caused by heavy Gu rains occur in early summer of every year, leading to the contamination of water sources that result an increase in the number of cholera cases...