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Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 1986;80(3):473-6.

A hospital outbreak of cholera in Maputo, Mozambique.


We describe a hospital outbreak of cholera in a children's paediatric unit. The outbreak began explosively and continued for four months with spread from person to person within the diarrhoea isolation unit. Overcrowded and unhygienic conditions in this unit facilitated transmission. The organism was multiply drug-resistant, the same strain having been isolated in another outbreak in the paediatric unit seven months previously. A high case fatality rate of 30.0% was recorded in infants infected in hospital.

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