NewsDesk @bactiman63

A total of 22 districts have reported Cholera cases since the confirmation of the first case in March 2022 in Machinga district.

As of October 5, the cumulative confirmed cases and deaths reported since the onset of the outbreak is 3,960 and 111 respectively, with Case Fatality Rate at 2.8%.

Of the affected districts, Nkhata Bay has reported the most cases with 858 cases and 22 deaths, followed by Blantyre (609/24), Rumphi (563/10) and Nkohotakota (436/14).

Most of the deaths occurred while in the communities or at health facilities after presenting at the facilities late for treatment.

The major factors associated with the cholera outbreak in the communities are poor food hygiene, lack of safe water and low latrine coverage and usage (open defecation).

Subscribe to Outbreak News TV on YouTube

Cholera is an acute diarrheal illness caused by infection of the intestine with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. Cholera is spread through contaminated food or water.

It usually takes 2-3 days for symptoms to appear after ingesting cholera bacteria, ranging from a few hours to 5 days.

Cholera can cause large amounts of watery diarrhea (described as a rice-water stool), nausea, and vomiting. Rapid loss of body fluids can lead to dehydration, shock, and even death.

Indian cough syrup may be linked to Gambia’s rash of acute kidney injury cases

Rift Valley fever in Mauritania: 4 more human cases, 1 death recorded

South Africa reports 2nd Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever case of 2022

Lassa virus endemic area may expand dramatically in coming decades: Scripps Research

Uganda reports two additional confirmed Ebola cases, Bunyangabu becomes the 4th district with a case