Cholera outbreak in Funpur, Winland

Pan Afr Med J. 2021 Dec 16;40(Suppl 2):4. doi: 10.11604/pamj.supp.2021.40.2.30989. eCollection 2021.


Vibrio Cholerae is a category B agent which has moderate to high potential to be used in bioterrorist events. This fictitious case study is based on man-made outbreak investigation and response carried out by disease surveillance and response unit of country Winland. The numbers of acute watery diarrhoea cases (AWDs) were concentrated in city Funpur of country Winland which share international border with Robiland, another country with poor health infrastructure. Regular movement of nomadic population between two countries has additional risk of international spread. This case study is designed for the training of public health students and workers on steps of outbreak investigation, packaging of biological samples, understanding IHR reporting algorithm, understanding difference between biosafety and biosecurity, different categories of bioterrorism organisms and PPE & its zones. This case study can be used as supporting training tool for application of learned concepts to a real situation and can be carried out in 2-3 hours.

Keywords: International Health Regulation; Man-made outbreak; biosafety; biosecurity.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cholera* / epidemiology
  • Diarrhea / epidemiology
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Humans
  • Vibrio cholerae*