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Cholera

26 November 2008

SA at low risk of Zim's cholera

South Africans are getting more nervous by the day as reports of escalating number of cholera victims of neighbouring Zimbabwe arrive.

South Africans are getting more nervous by the day as reports of escalating number of cholera victims of neighbouring Zimbabwe arrive.

Cholera is a water-borne disease and is spread through contaminated water systems. The only other way to contract cholera is to come into contact with an infected person's bodily fluids – the disease causes vomiting and acute diarrhoea, and only people that come into close contact with these fluids could become infected – usually a member of the household.

Cholera not unique to Zim
"We should keep in mind that cholera already exists in South Africa – usually in rural areas where people don't have access to safe potable water - and it is not unique to Zimbabwe," says Brauer.


Cholera Centre
Zim patients coming to SA

 

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