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Two deaths of cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe

At least two people died after a cholera outbreak in north western Zimbabwe amid fears that the onset of rain will trigger more cases and deaths.

According to health officials, on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, the latest outbreak has affected 26 people in a mining area in Mount Darwin district to the northwest of the capital Harare, where a similar outbreak killed dead people between July and September.

The officials said the first cases were reported on Sunday, 25 November 2018, and so far two people have died.

Most of the affected are artisan miners who operate under squalid conditions. The outbreak comes about two months after the health officials announced the Harare episode was defeated.

It also comes as the first rains of the 2018/19 farming season have just commenced after a late start.

The rainy season is usually associated with the spread of waterborne diseases such as diarrhea and cholera.


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