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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2000 December;159(6):199-205

Copyright © 2000 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: Italian

Cholera Outbreak in Merka district, Somalia, 1999

Beatini M., Cerri G., Grondona P., Manolitsi O.

Ospedale San Martino - Genova, Dipartimento di Chirurgia Generale e dei Trapianti d’organo


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The diagnostic-therapeutic strategy adopted in the cholera outbreak during the first months of 1999 in the district of Merka in Somalia is described. Two hundred-seventysix patiens affected with watery diarrhea and vomiting were treated during the course of that epidemy with a CFR of 2.3%. It was confirmed that: with a well executed planning, during the pre epidemic phase, and the careful evaluation and correction of the state of dehydration during the full epidemic phase, a reduction of the CFR to numbers lower than 3% can be obtained also in developing countries.

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