AfricaCholera Outbreak: Over 150 Children Reported Dead In Zimbabwe

Cholera Outbreak: Over 150 Children Reported Dead In Zimbabwe

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ZIMBABWE – Health authorities in Zimbabwe have reported more than 150 suspected deaths and over 8,000 cases of cholera incidents in the country since first quarter of the year.

As per AP reports, cholera has often broken out across Zimbabwe in recent years with deadly consequences and has surged and spread again over the last month, driven by the sometimes terrible sanitation conditions in poor, neglected townships and neighborhoods in the capital, Harare, and elsewhere.

It was reported that many parents and guardians are now preventing their children and wards from playing outside with others as an attempt to shield them from a deadly cholera outbreak in the country.

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“Those boys are playing with fire,” said Catherine Mangosho, a grandmother to AP reporter. “We buried a boy from this area last week. He was playing soccer in the street just like these boys one day. He fell sick overnight and died at the hospital. They said it was cholera.”

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Since the start of the latest outbreak, Zimbabwe’s Health Ministry has recorded 8,087 suspected cholera cases and 1,241 laboratory confirmed cases. It said there have been 152 suspected cholera deaths and 51 laboratory confirmed deaths.

The country of 15 million people has been recording more than 500 cases a week since late October, the highest rate since February, said the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The group made an emergency appeal this month.

Cholera is a water-borne disease caused by ingesting contaminated food or water and can kill within hours if left untreated, yet it is usually easily treated by rehydrating patients if cases are caught in time.

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