Cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe – level 3

28-11-2023 15:00

The Zimbabwean government is implementing strict measures in response to a surge in cholera cases, reaching over 12,200 this week.

It’s the highest increase since the outbreak began in February. Restrictions on public gatherings and food vending are being imposed. Harare, the capital, declared a state of emergency due to the highest number of new infections, particularly in the low-income Kadana suburb. Residents in affected areas face challenges like irregular water supply, uncollected garbage, and sewage issues. Shallow wells, once a water source, are now contaminated, causing confusion about safe water access.

Cholera isolation centers are treating affected individuals, and the government is distributing water treatment tablets. With 155 deaths and around 8,800 cases recorded, concerns echo the 2008 cholera outbreak that claimed over 4,000 lives in Zimbabwe.

Difficult words: vending (the selling of goods), contaminated (made impure or unclean), echo (to remind an idea, feeling, or event).

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