CDC at Work: Cholera
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) works closely with other U.S. government agencies, international partners, and Ministries of Health to support local governments' response to cholera outbreaks.
Prevention & Control
CDC provides expertise and interventions aimed at saving lives and reducing illness by improving global access to healthy and safe water, adequate sanitation, and improved hygiene to prevent cholera and other waterborne diseases.
- Global Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene (WASH)
- The Safe Water System
- Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch (WDPB)
In Africa and around the world, CDC conducts outbreak investigations based on requests for epidemiological assistance. Requests to assist with humanitarian emergency responses, investigate infectious and environmental disease outbreaks, and quantify impact of diseases are examples of these responses.
- Outbreak Investigations: Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch
- Global Disease Detection and Emergency Response program
Globally, CDC played a leading role in designing, developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating WHO's Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) system. CDC provides technical guidelines and training to create a comprehensive surveillance system that is critical in the early detection and response to infectious diseases such as cholera.
CDC through collaborative efforts among state health departments provides a comprehensive list of diseases that occur in the U.S. Any case of cholera is reported nationally through the CDC and internationally in compliance with the World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations.
- U.S. Nationally Notifiable Diseases
- U.S. National Surveillance: Cholera and Other Vibrio Illness Surveillance System (COVISS)
This link includes U.S. surveillance data for Vibrio infections from 1997-present.
Health System Reconstruction
In Haiti, CDC collaborated with the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Pan American Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and a host of other organizations to assist the Haiti Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) in a concerted effort to control the cholera outbreak that began in 2010.