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Monday, August 15, 2011

Zimbabwe : Cholera claims more victims

Via Times Live :

" The cholera that has claimed 57 children under five years of age so far this year is linked to the 2008 cholera epidemic, health officials say.
More than 100000 cases of cholera have been recorded so far this year.

A cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe began in August 2008, swept across the country, and spread to Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia.

By January 10 last year, there had been 98741 reported cases and 4293 deaths, making it the deadliest cholera outbreak in Africa in the last 15 years.

The government declared the outbreak a national emergency and requested international aid as the country was incapacitated because of the economic meltdown."

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