ZIMBABWE’S CHOLERA DEATHS NEAR 500


A cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe has killed at least 484 people since August, according to the UN. More than 11,700 cases of cholera have been recorded over the same period, an update from the UN office for humanitarian affairs said.

The cholera outbreak has affected most of Zimbabwe’s regions. Its spread has been aided by the collapse of Zimbabwe’s health and sanitation systems amid a prolonged economic and political crisis.

Previously it had been reported that 425 people had died from cholera, which is spread by contaminated water. The disease is endemic in Zimbabwe but this is the worst outbreak since 2000.

State media has reported that much of the capital, Harare, has been left without water because of a shortage of purification chemicals.

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