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Diarrhea Outbreak In Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Attributed To Water Shortage

Authorities in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, the country's second-largest city, confirmed that it has been hit by a surge in diarrhea cases which many blame on water shortages.

Local authorities Monday dismissed reports of a cholera outbreak in Bulawayo, but confirmed municipal clinics are reporting a notable rise in diarrheal disease.

Councilor Phil Lamola told reporter Ntungamili Nkomo of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that more than 200 cases of diarrhea have been reported recently, adding that city officials feared further outbreaks because of incessant water shortages.

Lamola said that the council had embarked on an extensive campaign to educate residents about how to protect themselves and their children.

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