The cholera outbreak in Zambia has quickly spread throughout the country. As of January 26, 2024, a total of 14,900 suspected cholera cases and 560 cholera-related deaths have been reported in the country. This public health emergency is not restricted to Zambia, as many countries throughout Africa have reported an increase in cholera cases.
In a recent Commentary published in Pan African Medical Journal, Taty et al. discuss the cholera resurgence in Africa potentially induced by the climate consequences of El Niño. The authors urgently call for strengthened efforts to control and prevent the disease.
Because of the war that erupted in April 2023, the country is experiencing unprecedented mass displacement of civilians and the health system is overwhelmed and on the verge of collapse in certain areas.
The current cholera epidemic in Ethiopia is among the longest ever recorded in the country. As of July 4, 2023, a total of 12,613 suspected cholera cases have been reported across four regions in southern Ethiopia.