Suspected cholera cases surpass 1,000 in Zimbabwe

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According to a government statement, Zimbabwe has recorded over 1,000 cases of suspected cholera, with 288 cases being confirmed and six fatalities since the most recent outbreak began on February 12th.

“As of May 16, 2023, a cumulative total of 1,017 suspected cholera cases, six laboratory confirmed deaths, 20 suspected cholera deaths and 288 laboratory confirmed cases were reported,” the Ministry of Health and Child Care said on Wednesday.

There were 51 people hospitalized for cholera as of May 15, while the national recovery rate stood at 92 percent.

According to the ministry, the capital city Harare is among the country’s 17 cholera hotspot districts, and most cases have been reported in the western high-density suburbs where some residents live under unhygienic conditions.

In terms of confirmed cases, Matabeleland South Province is the highest hit with 96, followed by Manicaland Province with 89, then Harare with 80, the government figures show.

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