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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.

Outbreak Investigations

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.


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.

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.