South Africa’s National Department of Health announced on Thursday that the cholera death toll now stands at 31, following the outbreak in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria.
According to the department, Gauteng accounts for 29 deaths, while Free State and Mpumalanga account for one fatality each.
Data shows that the country has recorded a total cumulative number of 166 laboratory-confirmed cases and 202 suspected infections of cholera in five provinces between 1 February and 6 June 2023.
The statistics reveal that the majority of cases were recorded in Gauteng, which accounts for at least 92% or 152 cases, while Free State accounts for 5%, translating to nine infections.
Meanwhile, the waterborne disease has spread to the other provinces, with the North West reporting three infections and one each in Limpopo and Mpumalanga.
The cholera outbreak has affected 14 countries in the WHO African Region. Since January 1, 2022, a cumulative number of 194,840 cholera cases has been reported to the WHO Regional Office for Africa, including 3,700 deaths with a case fatality ratio (CFR) of 1.9% as of 28 May 2023.