Red alert issued as Zimbabwe battles with serious cholera outbreak

Red alert issued as Zimbabwe battles with serious cholera outbreak

- A cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe has been so bad that the government declared a state of emergency

- So far, 28 people have passed away since the outbreak in early September

- 3 000 cases have been reported at this time and it is feared that the number will grow even higher as some cases of the disease are drug-resistant

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Zimbabwe's current cholera outbreak has already claimed 28 lives and public gatherings have been banned.

The outbreak was first detected in Glen View township outside Harare earlier in September. Harare has now been overwhelmed by the outbreak with more than 3 000 cases already reported.

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The Zimbabwean government has declared a state of emergency. Zimbabwean Health Minister Obadiah Moyo stated that in many cases the illness was found to be drug-resistant.

New antibiotics had to be approved in order to take on the outbreak, according to a report by ZWNews.

In a bid to prevent the disease from spreading even faster, the government is working on removing the accumulated trash in Harare and repairing sewer pipes.

Street vendors are also prohibited from selling food as attempts are made to keep the outbreak restricted.

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Cholera is an infection caused by the Vibrio cholerae bacterium and can be spread through contaminated food and water.

The country's Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube has asked for financial help to aid in fighting against the outbreak.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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