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Zimbabwe Bans Meat, Fish Sales to Stem Spread of Cholera


Zimbabwe has banned the public sale of fish and meat in an effort to thwart a cholera outbreak in the country.

Tuesday's edition of "The Herald" newspaper reports a major fruit and vegetable market at Mbare Musika was also closed Monday in an effort to stem the spread of the disease. The market is a major produce supplier for the capital, Harare.

Cholera is a gastrointestinal disease spread through contaminated water. It can cause severe diarrhea and dehydration that can lead to death.

Authorities have blamed the current outbreak on torrential seasonal rains that have swept bad water from drains and sewers into drinking sources.

Officials say the outbreak has killed at least seven people and more than 150 cases have been reported.