The World Health Organization (WHO) reported Friday that the number of cholera cases in 2022 more than doubled compared to the number seen in 2021.
44 countries reported cholera cases in 2022, including countries that had not reported cholera in many years, including Lebanon and Syria. 35 countries reported cholera cases in 2021.
Very large outbreaks, >10 000 suspected and confirmed cases per country, were reported by 7 countries on 2 continents (Afghanistan, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Malawi, Nigeria, Somalia, Syrian Arab Republic), more than double the number
of very large outbreaks reported in each of the 3 previous years.
Conflict, climate change, limited investment in development and population displacement due to emerging and re-emerging vulnerability all contributed to increasing the number of cholera outbreaks.
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