UN says Zimbabwe cholera death toll over 1,500

source: The Star

GENEVA (AP): The death toll from a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe has risen to over 1,500 and case fatality rates are increasing, the United Nations said Saturday.

Some 1,518 people have now died of the disease and a total of 26,497 cases have been recorded since the start of the outbreak in August, the World Health Organization said. More than two-thirds of deaths occurred in December alone.

Agency spokesman Paul Garwood said the cholera outbreak is still not under control and that neighboring countries such as South Africa and Botswana, where the disease has also been reported, should scale up their disease monitoring and preparedness. But the U.N. agency is counseling against mass vaccination campaigns, which it says are unproven and [continue reading]



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