By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

UN health officials are reporting nearly 15,000 cholera cases since an outbreak began in April 2019 in Telemt woreda, Amhara Region.

Ethiopia, Africa

Through Sep. 6, a cumulative total of 14,728 cases with 257 deaths (case fatality ratio 1.7%) reported (Since the beginning of the year, more than 11,000 cases and at least 175 associated deaths have been reported).

The highest number of cases were reported from SNNPR followed by Oromia regions.

Of the 604 stool samples tested since the start of the outbreak, 266 were culture positive for Vibrio cholerae 01 Ogawa.

The ongoing cholera outbreak in Ethiopia remains of concern, although there has been a declining trend in the past several weeks. However, the recent flooding across much of the region may reverse this trend, with nearly one million people displaced into situations with inadequate sanitation and poor access to safe drinking water, which could enhance further transmission, leading to more widespread outbreaks.