International Cholera Prevention Task Force Formed

October 4, 2017

A global task force of more than 50 international agencies, academic institutions, and non-governmental agencies has launched a strategy to reduce cholera deaths by 90 percent in 2030.

The Global Task Force on Cholera Control plans to align resources, share best practices, and strengthen partnerships between affected countries and international agencies, Infection Control Today reports. It will stress early detection and response to cholera outbreaks.

Cholera is an infection of the small intestine that kills about 95,000 people and sickens about 2.9 million every year, according to the World Health Organization. Advances in water sanitation and hygiene have eliminated cholera in Europe and North America for several decades. However, more than 2 billion people in developing countries lack access to safe water, putting them at risk of cholera.