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12 Nov 2004 description

As of 10 November 2004, WHO has received reports from the Ministry of Health of a total number of 861 cases and 6 deaths in Dakar. In Dakar the incidence of the disease appears to be decreasing.
In addition to implementing control measures, including health education, case management and surveillance and monitoring in the affected areas, the National Outbreak Management Committee has undertaken social mobilization activities and decontamination of unsanitary areas. Senior government officials have been active in disseminating health education and hygiene messages in the mass media.

10 Nov 2004 description

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DAKAR, 10 November (IRIN) - As its poorer West African neighbours, Guinea and Sierra Leone, grapple with endemic cholera, Senegal is facing a rare but telling explosion of the disease in low-income neighbourhoods of its busy capital, Dakar.

The first cholera epidemic to surface in Senegal in eight years broke out on 11 October in a crowded, low-income suburb of the capital, highlighting the link between disease and the poverty across the continent that is associated with urban decay and rural exodus.

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02 Nov 2004 description

WHO has received reports from the Ministry of Health of a total number of 128 cases and 2 deaths (case fatality rate, 1.6%) from 5 October - 28 October 2004 in Dakar. Vibrio cholerae 01 EL Tor has been confirmed by the National Reference Laboratory, Senegal.

29 Oct 2004 description

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DAKAR, 29 Oct 2004 (IRIN) - Nearly 200 cases of cholera have been confirmed in the Senegalese capital Dakar this month, but so far only two people have died, government doctors said on Friday.

Doctor Pape Salif Sow, the head of the infectious diseases department at Fann university teaching hospital, said 199 cholera cases had been reported since 11 October.

The two fatalities were both people who were in an advanced stage of the illness when they were brought to hospital in the early days of the outbreak, …

27 Oct 2004 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries.

In Brief

This Information Bulletin (no. 1/2004) is being issued based on the needs described below reflecting the information available at this time. CHF 27,000 has been allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF). The Federation does not anticipate further needs. Un-earmarked funds to repay DREF are needed.

26 Oct 2004 description

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DAKAR, 26 Oct 2004 (IRIN) - Cholera has broken out in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, for the first time in eight years, government doctors said on Tuesday.

Doctor Bassirou Johnson, an epidemiologist at the Ministry of Health, told IRIN that 66 cases of the highly infectious water-borne disease had been reported in slum areas of the ciy since 11 October, but there had so far been no deaths.

"We have had no cholera cases since 1996, so the disease may well have come from abroad since we are …