What is it about?

Cholera a severe watery diarrhea that spread quickly is a major cause of death in Uganda each year. To determine the spread and the DNA of cholera bacteria causing repeated outbreaks, bacteria from cholera stool were tested. We tested 63 batches of cholera germs recovered from cholera patients between 2014_2020 . Our results showed three distinct DNA types that were closely related to those responsible for cholera in East and Central Africa. The cholera germs showed spread into and from Uganda to the countries in East Africa, (Tanzania, South Sudan and Kenya ).

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Why is it important?

These findings help to define the context for directing control measures and technologies for cholera prevention in East Africa.


This study shows that to prevent and eliminate cholera in Uganda or other East or Central Africa there is a need to strengthen cross-boarder collaboration between the member States.

Dr. Godfrey Bwire
Uganda Ministry of Health

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This page is a summary of: Molecular characterization of Vibrio cholerae responsible for cholera epidemics in Uganda by PCR, MLVA and WGS, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, June 2018, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0006492.
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