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Cholera Cases Reportedly Mount in Zimbabwe Despite Government Claims


Hospitals in Zimbabwe are reportedly still treating new cases of cholera, despite government claims the outbreak is under control.

The Zimbabwe Standard newspaper and the United Nations' IRIN news service said this week that new cholera patients are being admitted at two infectious disease hospitals in Harare.

Both news agencies cite unidentified hospital workers as their source. Hospital officials said they have been ordered not to speak to the press about the outbreak.

Government Health Minister David Parirenyatwa said last Wednesday that no new cholera cases are being reported.

Cholera is an acute intestinal illness spread through contaminated water or food that can lead to death. Government reports say the current outbreak has killed 14 people.

The Zimbabwe Medical Association has criticized the government for failing to provide clean drinking water and adequate sanitation in Harare.

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