Cholera resurfaces

cholera_patientsHARARE The World Health Organisation says cholera has resurfaced in Zimbabwe after a month-long lull in an outbreak that has so far killed five people and infected nearly 150 others.

The WHO said seven new cholera cases were reported Harare, Mwenezi, Mount Darwin and Shamva districts since the outbreak resurfaced on February 4.

One of the confirmed cases was from Kuwadzana Phase Three in Harare while three others were Mwenezi in Masvingo province.

One of the confirmed Mwenezi cases was treated in Beitbridge.

Shamva recorded two cholera cases between February 4 and 7 while an unconfirmed case was reported in Mount Darwin, also in Mashonaland Central province.

The case treated in Beitbridge was linked to a funeral at one of the farms in Mwenezi district while another case was attributed to having eaten unwashed mangoes in Beitbridge.

Zimbabwes cholera outbreak had subsidised since the first week of January when figures stood at 149 cumulative cases and five deaths.

The resurgent outbreak, which is concentrated in rural areas where 82 percent of the cases have so far been reported, raises fears of more deaths particularly as the mango season is upon the country.

Mangoes and other fruits are regarded as dangerous transmitters of the cholera bacteria since some people often ignore health precautions and eat the fruits without washing them.

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