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We are almost at the end of 2012 and recent data show that the number of cholera cases in Mozambique continues to fall. After peaking at almost 20.000 in 2009, cases have dropped for the third year in a row to 709 in 2012 (see table after the jump). More important, case fatality rate has been kept at less than 1%.
Cholera is an ugly disease: it starts suddenly and in a matter of hours it can kill a previously healthy person. An untreated individual with cholera can produce 10-20 liters of diarrhoea per day: the resulting dehydration and electrolyte imbalances can rapidly become fatal. Whoever has seen a person vomiting or having diarrhoea due to cholera knows how terrifying the disease can be. Yet, this disease can be easily prevented and just as easily treated.
For many decades cholera has been a leading killer in Mozambique. Despite one epidemic occurred in the northern provinces and one in the Maputo area, national epidemiological data for 2011 indicate a remarkable progress compared to previous years.