The United Nations says the cholera death toll in Zimbabwe has risen to over 1 500 and case fatality rates are increasing.
The World Health Organization says 1 518 people have now died and a
total of 26 497 cases have been recorded since the start of the
outbreak in August.
The UN agency's figures indicate that more than two-thirds of
deaths occurred in December alone.
The percentage of cholera patients dying from the disease has risen
to 5.7 percent from 4 percent at the beginning of the month.
The agency said in an update posted on its Web site that the
outbreak is not yet under control.
It recommends neighbouring countries scale up disease monitoring and
preparedness, but refrain from mass vaccination campaigns
(Sapa-AP, December 2008)