Acute Watery Diarrohea (AWD) is reportedly increasing in Kutupalong camp and Balaukhati settlement in Cox’s Bazar region of Bangladesh, where there has been a recent influx of Rohyngya refugees from Myanmar. An increasing number of cases were reported by humanitarian partners, raising concerns about a potential outbreak of cholera.
In order to contain the situation, a number of mitigation contingency measures were taken, including the setting up of Diarrheal Treatment Centres (DTC), disinfection of water points, construction of latrines, distribution of hygiene kits and reinforcement of hygiene messages. Agencies are also reviewing their contingency measures in case the situation deteriorates.
At the same time, partners have observed a measles outbreak among children in Cox’s Bazar. In order to address the situation, agencies are carrying out the Supplementary Immunization Activity (ISA), meant to contain the situation. In recent weeks, around 5 000 children have benefited from this treatment. Vaccination campaigns take place in refugee camps and surrounding villages.