Death toll soars as cholera epidemic spreads

The World Health Organisation said Zimbabwe's cholera epidemic has killed 2,755 people and infected close to 50,000. The agency said a growing number of deaths were occurring in rural areas beyond its reach.


AFP - The cholera death toll in Zimbabwe has soared to 2,755, with 48,623 people suspected to be infected, according to latest World Health Organization statistics published Thursday.

The numbers show a sharp rise in fatalities and new infections from statistics published earlier.

The new toll is 260 more than the 2,495 reported by the WHO earlier Thursday, while the number of people affected soared 1,124 from 47,499.

The UN's humanitarian coordination office (OCHA) said last week in Geneva that preventions measures were not working and that a growing number of deaths were occurring beyond the reach of health workers in rural areas.

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