How Many People Have Cholera In The World

How Many People Have Cholera In The World

Cholera is one of the three diseases that are being monitored by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is mandatory for all member nations to notify WHO regarding any incidence of cholera in their country. This data is compiled by the WHO and used to monitor the spread of cholera in the world.

Actual number of cases could be higher as the countries routinely under-report these figures due to fear of trade sanctions and loss of revenue through tourism.

The latest data that is available from WHO is for the year 2005. It appears WHO has quite a task in getting relevant data from member countries in time for them to compile and monitor the same. We seem to be running three years behind schedule as far as data compilation goes.

The following picture emerges based on the data available for 2005.

Continent

Total Cases

Deaths

Africa

125,082

2230

Americas

24

Nil

Asia

6,824

42

Europe

10

Nil

Australia

3

Nil

Total

131,943

2272

In the year 1995, total cases were 210,000 and they were nearly 300,000 in the year 1998. In the 10 year period of 1995 to 2005, maximum cases were recorded in 1998. It was a peak for cholera cases. Minimum figure of 100,000 was recorded for the year 2004. That means anywhere between 100,000 to 300,000 cases of cholera get reported every year. There is a 30 percent increase in the cases reported for the year 2005 with reference to the previous year. African continent reports 95 percent of the cases reported globally.

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