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Cholera Reappears in Zimbabwe, But Total Cases Far Short of 2008 Levels


The World Health Organization reports a cumulative total of 146 cases of cholera leading to five deaths, but that is a far cry from the nearly 18,000 cases and 877 deaths that had been reported from the disease in late 2008

The World Health Organization said 146 cases of cholera had been reported in Zimbabwe in recent weeks leading to five deaths, but the numbers were a far cry from the 18,000 cases and 877 deaths reported this time last year.

More than 4,200 people died in the cholera epidemic which raged in Zimbabwe from late 2008 to mid-2009 with reported cases totaling some 98,000.

WHO Country Representative Custodia Mandlhate said this year's low figures show measures taken since then to halt cholera are proving effective.

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