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Cholera in Southeast Asia

two Southeast Asian women washing their hands in a river

The Southeast Asia Region, which includes Bangladesh and India, has the largest populations at risk for cholera 1.  Reported cases in Asia increased nearly threefold from 2010 to 2011 and included an increased number of deaths 2.

Many countries in the Southeast Asia Region face challenges with known risk factors for cholera outbreaks including poverty, lack of development, and high population density 3. Additionally, the region is susceptible to extreme environmental factors, such as frequent and widespread flooding, that can contaminate water sources and dislocate populations.

Similar to Africa, improving global access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is a critical step to reducing cholera in the Southeast Asia region.

Publications, Data, & Statistics

Please see the Southeast Asia-Specific Publications section on the Publications, Data, & Statistics page.

  1. Ali M, Lopez A, You Y, Kim Y, Sah B, Maskery B, Clemens J. The global burden of cholera. Bull World Health Organ. 2012;90:209-18A.
  2. WHO. Cholera 2011. [PDF - 16 pages] Wkly Epidemiol Rec. 2011;87:289–304.
  3. Ackers ML, Quick RE, Drasbek CJ, Hutwagner L, Tauxe RV. Are there national risk factors for epidemic cholera? The correlation between socioeconomic and demographic indices and cholera incidence in Latin America.  Int J Epidemiol. 1998:27:330–4.
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