Africa by Country

This page includes places where CDC has done cholera work since 2001 and provides basic information and key publications. It is not intended to house exhaustive lists of countries that have experienced cholera outbreaks or related publications.

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nigeria guinea-bissau guinea-bissau DRC sierra leone sierra leone kenya cameroon

Flag of Cameroon

Cholera Outbreaks: August 2009, September 2010

CDC at Work: On May 6th, 2010, suspect cholera cases were reported from the district of Makary in the Far North region of Cameroon.  By October in the Far North region, most burdened by the epidemic, 7,822 cases and 518 had been confirmed.  CDC was invited by the Cameroon Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) to provide technical assistance during the cholera epidemic. 

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Flag of DRC

Cholera Outbreaks: July 2012, July 2011, June 2003, September 2002, March 2002


Flag of Guinea-Bissau

Cholera Outbreak:  June 2005


Flag of Kenya

Cholera Outbreaks: November 2011, December 2009, July 2008

CDC at Work: In 2009, multiple areas in Kenya experienced cholera outbreaks.  The Kenya Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation–Division of Disease Surveillance and Response (MoPHS – DDSR) requested CDC technical assistance (a) to provide assistance with describing the epidemiology of cholera outbreaks in Kenya nationally during 2009-2010, (b) to evaluate the surveillance and response efforts during the 2009-2010 outbreaks, and (c) to evaluate water quality in select Nairobi informal settlements. For more information see the Full trip report from the CDC Outbreak Investigation. Cdc-pdf[PDF – 148 pages]


Flag of Nigeria

Cholera Outbreaks: December 2004, November 2001

Sierra Leone

Flag of Sierra Leone

Cholera Outbreak: August 2012

CDC at Work: On 16 August 2012, President Koroma declared the cholera outbreak a “public health emergency,” paving the way for a more robust national and international response. On August 24, 2012, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) received a request for assistance from the Sierra Leonean Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) to investigate risk factors for cholera and to provide laboratory support. 

For more information see the Full Trip Report from the CDC Outbreak Investigation. Cdc-pdf[PDF – 66 pages]