Cholera

23 December 2008

Cholera spreads in Limpopo

Limpopo's most vulnerable areas are now affected by cholera, the provincial health department said on Monday.

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Limpopo's most vulnerable areas are now affected by cholera, the provincial health department said on Monday.

Spokesman Phuthi Seloba said cholera had reached areas such as Botlokwa, Dilokong and Knobel, following the outbreak that first hit Musina in November.

Intensive efforts headed by health MEC Seaparo Charles Sekoati in partnership with various stakeholders to curb the spread were met by new cases every day in these areas, he said.

While the death toll remains at eight in the province, Musina has recorded 15 cases since Sunday, bringing the number of suspected cases to 909 with five patients still in hospital.

Botlokwa reported 18 new cases while 11 were recorded in Madimbo and eight new ones identified in Botlokwa.

About 23 cases were also reported in Dilokong with 42 people being treated in hospital.

Knobel also had three new cases, which brought the number of suspected cases in this area to 49.

Seloba said: "The MEC is busy mobilising all possible means to get things under control. But areas such as Botlokwa, which had issues previously are now being affected.

"We also still have some people who insist that they are ill because they ate meat from a sick cow when told they have cholera. This is the kind of thinking that we are still working against," he said. – (Sapa)

 

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