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Corresponding author: Jane Njoki Githuku, Kenya Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program, Ministry of Health, Kenya jgithuku@feltp.or.ke

We wish to acknowledge residents of the field epidemiology and laboratory training program who conducted the outbreak investigation on which this case study is based.

We also wish to appreciate the county department of Health, Homa Bay County in which the outbreak investigation was conducted.

We also appreciate the contribution of Emory University and the African Field Epidemiology Network for facilitating the development of this case study, as well as the following for their review during the case study development workshop: Mahmood Dalhat, Olufunmilayo Fawole, Joseph Frimpong, Notion Gombe, Gerald Shambira, and Doreen Tuhebwe.

The authors declare no competing interest.



  • Public Health
  • cholera
  • epidemiology
  • outbreak investigation
  • re-emerging disease

Cholera outbreak in Homa Bay County, Kenya, 2015.


Journal Title:

The Pan African Medical Journal


Volume 27, Number Suppl 1


, Pages 4-4

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Article | Final Publisher PDF


Cholera is among the re-emerging diseases in Kenya. Beginning in December 2014, a persistent outbreak occurred involving 29 out of the 47 countries. Homa Bay County in Western Kenya was among the first counties to report cholera cases from January to April 2015. This case study is based on an outbreak investigation conducted by FELTP residents in Homa Bay County in February 2015. It simulates an outbreak investigation including laboratory confirmation, active case finding, descriptive epidemiology and implementation of control measures. This case study is designed for the training of basic level field epidemiology trainees or any other health care workers working in public health-related fields. It can be administered in 2-3 hours. Used as adjunct training material, the case study provides the trainees with competencies in investigating an outbreak in preparation for the actual real-life experience of such outbreaks.

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