In a follow-up on the Zimbabwe cholera outbreak, the Ministry of Health and Child Care of Zimbabwe says the cholera outbreak that was officially declared earlier this month remains persistent.

CholeraAs of 21 September 2018, a total of 5891 suspected cases with 38 deaths (case fatality ratio 0.65%) have been reported from six provinces across the country with Harare (5802) and Chitungwiza (40) cities in Harare Province reporting 99% of the cases.

So far, 83 cases have tested positive both by RDT and culture. Seventeen cases have been confirmed by culture for V. cholerae O1 serotype Ogawa at the National Laboratory.

A total of 500,000 doses of oral cholera vaccines (OCV) have been approved by the International Coordinating Group (ICG) for a vaccination campaign in affected areas. WHO has deployed an expert in OCV campaigns to Harare.

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Decaying water and sanitation infrastructure, characterized by water pipe and sewer breakages, and erratic municipal water supplies are contributing to the spread of the outbreak.