Five die in new cholera outbreak

2009-10-20 11:11

FIVE people have died in a fresh outbreak of cholera in Zimbabwe,

the Herald reported today.

“Five people from Mashonaland West and Midlands provinces have died

of cholera while 30 more have received treatment for the disease since last

week,” the newspaper said, citing secretary for health and child welfare, Dr

Gerald Gwinji.

Three of the deaths occurred in Mashonaland and two in the

Midlands.

“Most of the cases were recorded in Gokwe North among religious

objectors, who for a long time have been reluctant to seek medical attention,”

Gwinji was quoted as saying.

The current wave of cholera started last month in Chipinge and to

date, Gwinji said, cholera cases had surged to 117 in Manicaland, Midlands and

Mashonaland West provinces.

The Herald said the United Nations Children’s Fund had recently

warned of a possible outbreak, adding that conditions precipitating last year’s

June-August outbreak had not “significantly changed”. Gwinji also told the

newspaper that cases of suspected swine flu had reached 1 318 countrywide.

He said in the past week alone 211 new cases were recorded?– 195

came from Midlands and 16 from Mashonaland East.

Gwinji told the newspaper that a further 197 suspected cases had

been tested and proved positive for influenza type A.

“Testing positive for influenza type A means the individual might

have contracted either swine or bird flu, both of which can be fatal,” the

Herald said.


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