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Suspected Cholera Outbreak In Suburb of Zimbabwean Capital


Harare Residents Trust Coordinator Precious Shumba said residents of the Joburg Lines neighborhood were taken to a local clinic after experiencing severe diarrhea and vomiting

Cholera has stricken about 20 families in Mbare, a high-density suburb of the Zimbabwean capital of Harare, local sources said, though no medical confirmation was available.

Harare Residents Trust Coordinator Precious Shumba said residents of the Joburg Lines neighborhood were taken to a local clinic after experiencing severe diarrhoa and vomiting. Sources said clean drinking water is scarce in Mbare, with many burst sewer lines.

Efforts to confirm the outbreak with the Health Ministry or City Council were unsuccessful.

A statement issued by the Harare Residents Trust statement said residents have been drinking bad-smelling water, urging the city to investigate water quality.

Legislator Blessing Chebundo, a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Health, told VOA Studio 7 reporter Patience Rusere that urban areas like Mbare remain susceptible to the water-borne disease that killed more than 4200 people in 2008-2009.

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