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Cholera Persists In Zimbabwe Because Clean Water Is Scarce - Physician

Though the United Nations humanitarian delegation currently in Zimbabwe has assured the government it will do all it can to relieve a humanitarian crisis made more acute by a cholera epidemic, fatalities from the disease continue to rise relentlessly.

The World Health Organization said a total of 3,868 people had died from the epidemic since it took hold last August, while the cumulative case total topped 83,000 through Monday.'

Canadian physician and member of parliament Keith Martin, who has mobilized US$5 million of cholera medication with World Vision, said the disease continues to run rampant.

Dr. Martin told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the disease is hard to stop because the country's public water infrastructure has collapsed and as a result safe drinking water is not widely available, perpetuating the epidemic.

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