Malawi: Cholera Outbreak - Mar 2022

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Malawi is currently experiencing one of the worst cholera outbreaks in years. The first case was registered in Machinga district in the Southern region of Malawi on 02 March 2022. The Malawi Ministry of Health declared the cholera outbreak on 03 March 2022 after the increase and spread of confirmed cases. The cholera outbreak, initially limited to the southern part of the country, has now spread to Malawi's northern and central regions. Meanwhile, the country continues to register new cholera cases in different parts of the country. As of 31 August 2022, the outbreak had claimed 67 lives with 1,736 cases being registered in 15 districts representing a case fatality rate of 3.85%. (IFRC, 17 Sep 2022)

A total of 22 over 27 districts have reported cholera cases since the confirmation of the first case this year in March. As of 25 September, the cumulative confirmed cases reported are 3,314 with 99 deaths, for a Case Fatality Rate of 3.0%. A total of 3,143 people have recovered and 71 are currently admitted in treatment centres. (ECHO, 28 Sep 2022)

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