In the West and Central Africa, at least 50,000 cases and 1,000 deaths of cholera are reported each year with an average Case Fatality Ratio of 3.05% (WHO, 1999-2011). The trend is increasing with about 80,000 cases per year between 2010 and 2014, which is nearly two third of the cases reported in Africa and one third of the cases worldwide. Cholera epidemics in West Africa remain a Public Health concern.
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UNICEF with the support of ECHO and DFID is publishing on a bi-monthly basis an epidemiological update for the West and Central Africa region known as the WCA Regional Cholera Update. In addition, a set of Unicef Cholera factsheets for twelve countries in West Africa describing the cholera epidemiology and identifying the hotspots were developed.
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