More than 30 000 people in Zimbabwe have been diagnosed with cholera, the World Health Organization said Thursday, as the number of those contracting the deadly disease continues to mount.
As many as 31 656 suspected cases were diagnosed to date with one
third of them in the capital of Harare, the WHO said.
The organisation last reported some 29 131 suspected cases on Monday
and 1 564 deaths from the water-borne disease.
Cholera also continues to plague South Africa, where it
has killed 13 people, mainly in Limpopo where nine
people have died from a total of 1 334 suspected cases, the WHO said
citing South African sources.
United Nations aid agencies fear Zimbabwe may be hit with up to
60 000 cases, with the upcoming rainy season likely to spread the
disease more easily.
The Red Cross announced on Wednesday that it would send seven
international emergency response teams to the impoverished southern
African country to help fight the spread.
Zimbabweans are also struggling against hyper-inflation, severe food
shortages and chronic political instability.
(Sapa-AFP, January 2009)