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13 Sep 2018 | 12:17 AM UTC

Zimbabwe: Ban on public gatherings in Harare amid cholera outbreak /update 2

Zimbabwe News Alert

Authorities announce ban on public gatherings in Harare on September 12 in bid to contain ongoing cholera outbreak

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/11/2018, 12:00 AM until 9/18/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Harare). COUNTRY/REGION Harare

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Event

On Wednesday, September 12, authorities announced a ban on public gatherings in Harare in a bid to contain the ongoing cholera outbreak in the capital that has claimed at least 21 lives since September 7. The ban will reportedly remain in effect until the outbreak has been contained. The announcement comes one day after officials declared the disease to be an emergency, clamping down on illegal food vending and suspending classes. According to Zimbabwe health officials, over 3000 suspected cases of cholera have been identified in the current outbreak, with the majority reportedly in the Budiriro and Glenview neighborhoods. Further spread of the disease is to be anticipated in the near-term.

Context

Cholera is typically spread via infected water supplies and induces acute diarrhea leading to severe dehydration, frequently resulting in death. The risk of death is greatest among people with compromised immune systems, such as malnourished children or those living with HIV. However, even among healthy adults, cholera can be fatal within a matter of hours.

Advice

Individuals present in Zimbabwe are advised to monitor developments to the situation and to adhere to all instructions issued by the authorities. To reduce the risk of contracting cholera, wash hands regularly, drink only bottled or purified water, and avoid eating raw or undercooked foods. Individuals who believe they may have contracted cholera should seek immediate medical attention.

 

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