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17 Oct 2018 | 04:06 AM UTC

Zimbabwe: Cholera outbreak continues /update 19

Zimbabwe News Alert

Cholera outbreak continues in Harare and several other cities; at least 9116 cases reported as of October 12

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/16/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/23/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Harare). COUNTRY/REGION Zimbabwe, Harare

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Event

An ongoing cholera outbreak in Harare and several other cities has left at least 54 people dead between September 7 and October 12. According to health officials, at least 9116 suspected cases, including 228 confirmed cases, have been reported throughout the country, with over 96 percent of cases being reported in Harare. Makoni, Masvingo, Buhera, Beitbridge, Wedza, Mazowe, and Rushinga have also reported suspected cases. 

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

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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