Posted by: africanpressorganization | 7 March 2009

Zimbabwe / 88,000 people now affected by cholera including 3,975 deaths.





Zimbabwe / 88,000 people now affected by cholera including 3,975 deaths.


HARARE, Zimbabwe, March 7, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general

On Zimbabwe, the World Health Organization said some 88,000 people were now affected by cholera in Zimbabwe, including 3,975 deaths.


This week had seen a confirmation of the declining trend of new cholera cases reported at the national level.  Very high levels of cholera cases had been reached at the beginning of the year, with as much as 8,000 cases per week.  Since a few weeks, there was a slight decrease as the number was now around 4,000 cases per week.  But there was still a need to remain alert as the health crisis was still important and cholera continued to cause casualties every day.  The rainy season has also restarted and cholera cases could increase again due to that rainy season.


SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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