Uganda – Cholera Outbreak (DG ECHO, Ugandan Ministry of Health) (ECHO Daily Flash of 28 February 2018)

  • On 23 February 2018, the Ministry of Health issued a press release declaring a Cholera outbreak in the refugee settlements of Hoima and Kyegegwa Districts in the West and South West. There has been a massive cholera epidemic going on in Eastern Congo, and refugees arrive in a region in Uganda where cholera is endemic.

  • In Hoima, as of 26 February 2018, 1056 suspected cases with 29 deaths had been reported. As of 27 February 2018, 39 suspected and confirmed cases and 2 deaths were reported in Kyaka.

  • Cholera is a serious acute infectious disease characterized by watery diarrhoea, vomiting and kills a person within a few hours. It can be spread through eating and drinking foods contaminated with faeces of an infected person. Other factors responsible for its spread are also poor personal hygiene.

  • DG ECHO is monitoring the situation and support the Congolese refugees.Further support is being considered under the 2018 budget.