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Zimbabwe Cholera Epidemic Still Not Under Control - UNICEF Official

An official of the United Nations Children’s Fund or UNICEF said Monday that the cholera epidemic which has claimed more than 1,500 lives in Zimbabwe is still not under control even though some health sources have said new cases are tapering off in some areas.

UNICEF Acting Representative Roland Monashe said more must be done to heighten public awareness of the risk of cholera and to improve treatment.

The World Health Organization meanwhile said deaths from cholera have risen to 1,564, from a total of 29,131 cases.

Harare was first in fatalities with 330 deaths, followed by Chitungwiza with 142 and Chegutu with 139, the WHO said.

Monashe told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that about five percent of those who contract cholera have died of the disease.

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