Washington Post Examines Use Of ‘Cholera’ Versus ‘Acute Watery Diarrhea’ Labels To Describe Cases In Sudan
Washington Post: As the death toll climbs in Sudan, officials shy away from the ‘cholera’ label
“…The [U.S. embassy in Khartoum] declared that there were ‘confirmed reports’ of cholera that have killed people, whereas USAID, citing the World Health Organization and the Sudanese government, said there were cases of ‘acute watery diarrhea,’ known in medical circles as AWD. … [T]he Sudanese government … refuses to admit an apparent cholera outbreak, but WHO and USAID should not escape blame either. Words make a difference…” (Kessler, 9/14).