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Volume 23, Supplement—December 2017
Global Health Security Supplement

Cholera Mortality during Urban Epidemic, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, August 16, 2015–January 16, 20161

Lindsey S. McCrickard2Comments to Author , Amani Elibariki Massay2, Rupa Narra, Janneth Mghamba, Ahmed Abade Mohamed, Rogath Saika Kishimba, Loveness John Urio, Neema Rusibayamila, Grace Magembe, Muhammud Bakari, James J. Gibson, Rachel Barwick Eidex, and Robert E. Quick
Author affiliations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (L.S. McCrickard, R. Narra, R.E. Quick); United Republic of Tanzania Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (A.E. Massay, J. Mghamba, R.S. Kishimba, N. Rusibayamila, M. Bakari); Tanzania Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program, Dar es Salaam (A.E. Massay, A.A. Mohamed, R.S. Kishimba, L.J. Urio, J.J. Gibson); Regional Secretariat, Dar es Salaam (G. Magembe); US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dar es Salaam (J.J. Gibson, R.B. Eidex)

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Demographic characteristics of cholera decedents from cholera mortality evaluation, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, August 16, 2015–January 16, 2016*

Characteristic Total, N = 56 Confirmed, n = 39 Suspected, n = 17
Median age, y (range)†
23 (2–80)
21 (2–80)
25.5 (3–73)
M 32 (57) 24 (62) 8 (47)
24 (43)
15 (38)
9 (53)
Location of death
Health facility 22 (39) 11 (28) 11 (65)
Community 33 (59) 28 (72) 5 (29)
1 (2)
0 (0)
1 (6)
Clinical signs/symptoms
Vomiting 42 (75) 28 (72) 14 (82)
Diarrhea‡ 43 (77) 28 (72) 15 (88)
Headache 9 (16) 7 (18) 2 (12)

*Values are no. (%) decedents except as indicated.
†Age was unknown for 7 persons.
‡One respondent did not know if the patient had diarrhea. Caretakers of 2 persons with suspected cases did not report diarrhea but met the burial permit assessment case definition.

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1Preliminary results from this study were presented at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting; November 13–17, 2016, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

2These first authors contributed equally to this article.

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