While the number of daily reported cases of cholera is declining at the moment, the World Health Organization (WHO) says rainy season could spark rapid spread of the disease.
“The upcoming rainy season and the strongest forecasted El Nino event in twenty years could bring extensive flooding and unusually high rainfalls, and increase the transmission and international spread of the disease,” says the WHO report.
In 1997, the WHO says similar meteorological conditions were associated with the biggest ever cholera epidemic in recent history — where over 40,000 cases were reported in Tanzania alone.
The ongoing country-wide cholera outbreak has killed 150 people as of November 25.
“The number of daily reported cases is declining … Across the country, at least 9,871 cases have been reported.”
A large percentage are in Dar es Salaam — 4,482 cases — however cholera has also spread to Zanzibar, where 425 cases and 9 deaths have been reported.
The WHO says the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) national task force is in the ‘final stages’ of preparing a national response plan.
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