An outbreak of el tor cholera associated with a tribal funeral in Irian Jaya, Indonesia

P. Todd Korthuis, Trevor R. Jones, Murad Lesmana, Sandra M. Clark, Maurits Okoseray, Gunawan Ingkokusumo, F. Stephen Wignall

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An outbreak of El Tor biotype cholera occurring in a rural village in Irian Jaya, Indonesia was evaluated for risk factors associated with death from cholera. Among those dying in the village during the epidemic, a significant association between membership in one of the five tribal groups in the village complex was associated with an elevated risk of suffering a cholera death (odds ratio = 5.9). Interviews with members of the decedents' families revealed a very strong association (odds ratio = 11.6) between risk of cholera death and having attended the two day funeral of a woman who died of a cholera-like illness a few days prior to an outbreak of cholera-like diarrheal disease in the village complex. Recent flooding may have contributed to the creation of an environment conducive to cholera transmission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)550-554
Number of pages5
JournalSoutheast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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