New Zimbabwe cholera outbreak kills five: Media

A fresh outbreak of cholera raises fears of a repeat of last year's epidemic that claimed more than 4,000 lives.

New Zimbabwe cholera outbreak kills five: Media

A fresh outbreak of cholera has killed five people from more than 100 recorded cases, state media reported on Tuesday, raising fears of a repeat of last year's epidemic that claimed more than 4,000 lives.

The southern African country suffered the continent's worst cholera outbreak in 15 years between August 2008 and June this year after its public health and water and sanitations systems collapsed.

A senior Health Ministry official, Gerald Gwinji, told the state-controlled Herald that the five deaths had been recorded from 117 cases in the Manicaland, Mashonaland West and Midlands provinces.

"Most of the cases were recorded ... among religious objectors, who for a long time have been reluctant to seek medical attention," Gwinji said.

Aid agencies have warned that while conditions have slightly improved since last year's cholera outbreak, water supply and sanitation problems that led to the epidemic still largely exist.


Reuters

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