HELPFUL COMMENTS FROM WHO REGARDING IMPROVED PREPAREDNESS FOR CHOLERA FROM "WHO"
USEFUL COMMENTS FOR IMPROVED PREPAREDNESS
Training of health workers is an essential element for preparedness, especially in high-risk areas. Emergency supply needs should be evaluated in the light of the particular situation:
– likely attack rate in refugee camps, with high-risk populations (because of malnutrition), is 5-8%;
– in open settings, an attack rate of 0.2% might be used;
– in rural communities of 5000 people or less, the attack rate might reach 2%.
Emergency stocks of basic supplies should be prepared so that they can be mobilized quickly.
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We have an unconfirmed rumor of the cholera strain in circulation being doxycycline-resistant and cipro/cotrimoxizole sensitive. The entire response grid would find this information crucial. We have sent queries to obtain confirmation.