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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Zimbabwe : Cholera outbreak at Zim diamond field

An article published at Zim Online :

" HARARE : Zimbabwean health officials have been placed on high alert amid reports that at least 19 people have died from a fresh cholera outbreak whose epicentre is at the controversial Chiadzwa or Marange diamond field.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) this week said that the latest outbreak has so far affected 18 of the country’s 62 districts compared to 54 districts at the same time in 2009.

“Cumulative cholera cases stood at 753 with 669 suspected and 86 laboratory confirmed cases, while 19 deaths had been reported by 29 August 2010,” the UN agency said.

The hardest hit areas are Beitbridge, Bindura, Buhera, Chegutu, Chivi, Chimanimani, Chipinge, Chiredzi, Harare, Hurungwe, Kadoma, Masvingo, Makonde, Mount Darwin, Mutare, Mwenezi, Nyanga, Plumtree and Uzumba-Maramba-Pfungwe.

More than 70 percent of the cases currently reported are from rural areas."

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