Potentially Catastrophic Cholera Outbreak Successfully Contained as Israeli Team From Sheba Medical Center Teams Up With Zambian Health Officials

We have treated a lot of people who were very sick. The epidemic seems to have greatly subsided; we now only have 75 patients who are hospitalized.

The international collaboration between the team of medical experts from Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, and Zambian health professionals has successfully contained a recent cholera outbreak in Lusaka. The disease claimed 74 lives and affected thousands.

The delegation from Sheba Medical Center plans to spend at least two weeks in Zambia, basing the length of the trip on the ongoing success of the mission. The medical experts have treated over 100 patients at Lusaka’s National Heroes Stadium, a soccer stadium which has been converted into a cholera treatment center. The highly-skilled team from Israel’s national hospital includes two physicians, two nurses and a lab technician, all of whom have deep experience with international emergency humanitarian rescue missions.

The Israeli delegation joined a local medical team from Zambia on the ground and built a lab within the field hospital, which allows the clinicians to get results in real time instead of depending upon outside labs and losing time in the transfer of medical samples.

“The Zambian medical teams are doing a great job and the field hospital is extremely well-organized,” said Dr. Arie Augarten, the head of the pediatric emergency room in Sheba Medical Center and the leader of the team of experts in Zambia. “We have treated a lot of people who were very sick. The epidemic seems to have greatly subsided; we now only have 75 patients who are hospitalized.”

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