The Lebanon Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has reported 400 confirmed cholera cases in all eight governorates since the first case was confirmed in early October.
Serotype Vibrio cholerae O1 El-Tor Ogawa was identified as the currently circulating cholera strain, similar to the one circulating in Syria.
“Cholera is deadly, but it’s also preventable through vaccines and access to safe water and sanitation. It can be easily treated with timely oral rehydration or antibiotics for more severe cases,” says Dr Abdinasir Abubakar, WHO Representative in Lebanon.
“The situation in Lebanon is fragile as the country already struggles to fight other crises – compounded by prolonged political and economic deterioration.”
Concerning cholera vaccines, 13,440 doses of the anti-cholera vaccine provided by Sanofi with the support of France had been received. It is the first batch of the vaccine received. Lebanon is awaiting receipt of the 600,000 vaccines it had requested from the International Association for Coordination of Vaccines of the World Health Organization within ten days.
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