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01 Dec 2018 | 12:15 PM UTC

Zimbabwe: Cholera outbreak continues as of late November /update 20

Zimbabwe News Alert

Cholera outbreak continues in Harare and several other cities; at least 10,202 cases reported as of November 21

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/30/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/7/2018, 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 55 people dead between September 4 and November 21. According to health officials, at least 10,202 suspected cases, including 269 confirmed cases, have been reported throughout the country. More than 98 percent of reported cases were located in Harare, though 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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