Government officials in Zimbabwe report cholera cases are on the rise, Since the first cholera case was recorded in February in the town of Chegutu in northwest Zimbabwe, 834 cases had been recorded from the country’s 10 provinces.
The capital Harare is one of the cholera hotspots.
Government has attributed the outbreak to poor sanitation, contaminated water supplies and cross-border mobility.
Cholera is an acute diarrheal infection caused by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. It is a serious disease that can cause severe acute watery diarrhoea with severe dehydration. Cholera affects both children and adults and can kill within hours if untreated. Recommended cholera disease prevention and control measures include providing safe drinking water and proper sanitation to at-risk populations and timely and appropriate healthcare for those with clinical disease.