Blog post May 22, 2015
Will the earthquake in Nepal be followed by a massive cholera outbreak and can this risk be reduced if oral cholera vaccine is introduced? These are some of the questions that led Dr. Lorenz von Seidlein, from the DOVE Project (www.stopcholera.org) to travel to Nepal to help assess the risk in collaboration with Anuj Bhattachan from the International Vaccine Institute (www.ivi.int), along with Deepak C. Bajracharya and Shyam Raj Upreti from the Group for Technical Assistance, Kathmandu, Nepal (http://www.gtanepal.org/aboutus.html), a partner of DOVE Project. The assessment was requested by the Ministry of Health which was concerned about the risk of enteric diseases, including cholera. In this PLOS Blog post, Dr. von Seidlein provides his perspective on the risks of cholera and the potential for OCV in Nepal.
Resource February 11, 2015
Published in PLOS Medicine, September 2014, Volume 11, Issue 9, Anh DD et al
Blog post September 9, 2014
Nepal is a land-locked country with geographical and socio-cultural proximity to the Gangetic plain and the Bhramputra River basins of West Bengal and Bangladesh. The latter is known as the ‘homeland of cholera’ for its critical relation to six of the seven recent cholera pandemics (1). Nepal too battles with cholera, and a complex set of factors set the cholera scene in this Himalayan country.
Resource November 4, 2013
Resource October 22, 2013