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Weekly epidemiological record 2015

Cholera remains a significant public health problem in many parts of the world. In 2015, 42 countries reported a total of 172 454 cases including 1304 deaths, resulting in an overall case fatality ratio (CFR) of 0.8%. This represents a 9% decrease in the number of cases reported compared with 2014 (190 549 cases). Cases were reported from all regions, including 16 countries in Africa, 13 in Asia, 6 in Europe, 6 in the Americas, and 1 in Oceania. Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Haiti, Kenya, and the United Republic of Tanzania accounted for 80% of all cases. Of cases reported globally, 41% were from Africa, 37% from Asia and 21% from Hispaniola. Imported cases were reported from 13 countries