Policy ForumPUBLIC HEALTH

The Cholera Crisis in Africa

Science  15 May 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5929, pp. 885
DOI: 10.1126/science.1173890

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Summary

In July 1994, 500,000 to 800,000 Rwandans crossed the border into the North Kivu region of Zaire (now called the Democratic Republic of the Congo, DRC). During the first month after the influx, almost 50,000 refugees died; cholera was a major contributor (1).