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Cholera kills more than 3,000 in Zimbabwe

Nurse Diki Dudzai checks the intravenous (IV) fluid infusion for a cholera patient at the Katanga Utano Cholera Treatment Centre in the district of Norton, about 40 kilometres from Harare. WHO delivered supplies of IV fluids and other materials to the cli
(WHO/Paul Garwood)

The cholera death toll in Zimbabwe climbed to 3,028, the World Health Organisation said on 28 January.

The outbreak that began in August 2008 has become the worst cholera pandemic in Africa since more than 12,000 people perished from the waterborne disease in Goma's refugee camps in the aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide in 1994.

The outbreak is showing few signs of abating; the number of cases recorded rose by 1,579 from the previous day, bringing the total known number of cases since the outbreak began to 57,702.

In neighbouring South Africa, five people died from cholera in Limpopo Province, which borders Zimbabwe, according to a health department official quoted in the local media.

Since South Africa's outbreak began in November 2008, more than 40 people have died from the disease, and more than 3,000 cases have been recorded.


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