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Tanzania: Cholera Outbreak - Apr 2022

Status
Ongoing
Countries
Tanzania
Disaster types
Epidemic

On 23 April 2022, the government reported cholera cases in Uvinza DC (Kigoma region) and Tanganyika DC (Katavi region). By 28 April 2022, the outbreak had spread to other areas along the lake shores of Lake Tanganyika with a total of 129 symptomatically suspected cases, of which eight were confirmed. Most of the affected locations are fishing villages with poor sanitation practices that include open defecation and densely populated areas which lack adequate sanitation with poor access to clean and safe water, posing a danger for further spread of the epidemic. Zero fatalities have been reported to date. (IFRC, 19 May 2022)

At least 181 cases of cholera have been reported since the government announced the outbreak on 23 April 2022. No fatalities have been reported. The outbreak has spread from the initial locations in the regions of Kigoma and Katavi to other areas along the shores of Lake Tanganyika with a risk of a further spread. More than 40 percent of the cases occurred among children younger than five years of age. Authorities have reacted swiftly and there is an active surveillance system in place. The Ministry of Health has set up a task force within the government. Organisations, such as the Tanzanian Red Cross and UNICEF, are responding with a variety of activities, including water, sanitation, health and hygiene measures, risk communication and community engagement. (ECHO, 25 May 2022