South Africa reports 6 cholera cases, including 2 indigenous cases


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As of 28 February 2023, six confirmed cases of cholera including one death have been reported in Gauteng Province. All cases are adults, ages 19 to 44. No confirmed cases were reported in other provinces. Isolates from all cases are recognized as toxins Vibrio collieAge O1 serotype Ogawa, and susceptible to ciprofloxacin.

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The first three cases were imported or import-related cases after travel to Malawi. Cases 4 and 5 are locally acquired; They have not traveled, have no ties to import issues or to each other, and do not reside or work in the same area. These two cases are classified as original cases. The sixth case was recently reported and is under investigation.

By definition, detection of locally acquired local cholera cases is a Confirmed cholera outbreak. The source(s) of infection in these cases is not known at present.

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While there is an ongoing risk for imported cases after travel from other African countries currently experiencing cholera outbreaks (particularly Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe), detection of locally acquired cases is critical to direct public health investigations and timely interventions that effectively disrupt cholera transmission. in affected communities.

Health care workers and workers across the country have been urged to study and test for cholera in people with acute watery diarrhoea.

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