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Still Struggling With Cholera, Zimbabwe Prepares Swine Flu Response

  • Peter Heinlein

Health professionals from 11 African countries gathered in Addis Ababa to discuss strategies to respond to a possible outbreak of swine flu on the continent, including common sense, preparedness and rapid response, as VOA correspondent Peter Heinlein reported.

From Harare, Zimbabwean Health Minister Henry Madzorera said Zimbabwe is on high alert for signs of swine flu and is putting measures in place should cases begin to appear, such as arranging quarantine locations for travelers showing symptoms of swine flu.

But Dr. Madzorera said no cases of swine flu have been reported in the country.

Dr. Madzorera told reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that Zimbabwe, which has struggled with a cholera epidemic since late 2008, is working closely with the World Health Organization to be ready to fight swine flu.

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