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.
Zim patients coming to SA