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19 Sep 2018 | 08:52 PM UTC

Zimbabwe: Cholera outbreak continues in Harare /update 16

Zimbabwe News Alert

Ongoing cholera outbreak leaves at least 32 dead in Harare as of September 17

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/19/2018, 12:00 AM until 9/26/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Harare). COUNTRY/REGION Zimbabwe, Harare

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An ongoing cholera outbreak in Harare, first reported on Friday, September 7, has left at least 32 people dead as of Monday, September 17. According to health officials, at least 3349 suspected cases have been reported throughout the city. On September 11, authorities in Harare issued a cholera emergency, banning the sale of meat and fish in markets and suspending classes in the Budiriro and Glenview neighborhoods. The outbreak has reportedly been attributed to individuals drinking water from a borehole contaminated by a leaking sewer pipe. Further spread of the outbreak is to be anticipated in the near-term.


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.


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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