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Event: EP Epidemic
Number: 2022-000203
Country: ZMB Zambia
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Date (YMD): 2022-4-20
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Comments: On 11 April 2022, a cholera outbreak was declared in Zambia with its index case reported in Mtendere compound which has a population of 106,128 within Chelstone Subdistrict and Matero with a population of 356,462, within Lusaka. The index case involved 3-year-old girl who presented with signs and symptoms suggestive of cholera; results later confirmed the presence of vibrio Cholerae in stool. The patient was admitted at Kalingalinga Clinic, a local health facility where she was treated and discharged. By 18 April 2022, the outbreak had spread to other areas within Lusaka with a cumulative total of 16 suspected cases of which 8 were confirmed, distributed as follows: Lusaka Province - 7 (Lusaka District 12; - Mtendere 4, Kabangwe 1, Kamwala 1 and Matero 1), Chilanga District (Midles-west 2, Apolo1, and ZESCO Kalundu 2) Northern Province 5 (Nsama District - Nsumbu 5). These are densely populated areas which lack adequate sanitation and access to clean and safe water, posing a danger for further spread of the epidemic. No fatalities have been reported to date.
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