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HARARE-- At least 45 people have died from cholera in Zimbabwe since the outbreak started, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

The cholera outbreak, whose epicentre has been identified as the Glen View and Budiriro high-density suburbs of the capital, Harare, has spread to other parts of the country, including Buhera, Makoni, Gokwe North, Masvingo, Mutoko, Marondera, Murehwa, Chikomba, Seke, Mutare and Wedza because of travel.

As at 23 September, 2018, a cumulative total of 6,428 suspected cases, 45 deaths, and 96 confirmed cases have been reported since the start of the outbreak," the WHO said in a statement here Wednesday.

A multi-drug-resistant (MDR) cholera strain is in circulation, However, the emphasis for treatment remains re-hydration, with anti-biotics used in mild to severe cases.

The WHO said an oral-cholera vaccine mass-vaccination campaign was planned in Harare city and surrounding areas, namely Chitungwiza and Epworth, to stop further spread of the disease. However, the major challenge in containing the outbreak was lack of water supply in affected communities, it added.

Supply of safe water remains a challenge. Municipal water supply is sometimes interrupted during sewer repair and communities spend hours without clean water tanks in place to supply residents, it said.

The Ministry of Health and Child Care has said the outbreak had been contained through several interventions by both government and other stakeholders in the cholera hot spots. The outbreak has largely been attributed to lack of water and proper sanitation facilities in the capital.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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