• Vol. 38 No. 1, 82–83
  • 15 January 2009

Cholera in Zimbabwe

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Cholera in Zimbabwe remains uncontrolled, with cholera-associated deaths continuing to be reported in 9 of the nation’s 10 provinces. In the 4 months since the outbreak began in August 2008, more than 35,000 suspected cases have been reported, including 1753 deaths. All provinces are affected but Harare sees almost one third of cases. It is possible that the cumulative numbers could double over the next few months, especially as January to March is a rainy season. The case fatality rate is a remarkably high 3% to 10%, reflecting the difficult circumstances faced by local healthcare providers and the increasingly involved external agencies

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