As of Sept. 16, a total of 18,508 cases have been reported in the ongoing cholera outbreak in Sierra Leone and of these, 271 people died, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday.
The highest number of cases are reported from the western area of the west African country where the capital city of Freetown is located, according to the WHO.
The Ministry of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone has been stepping up response to the outbreak. Emphasis is being placed on early detection of cases and timely provision of treatment at the district levels in order to reduce deaths, the WHO said.
WHO has deployed case management and laboratory experts through the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network to build capacity among health-care workers and laboratory technicians in case management and laboratory diagnosis.