South Africa issues cholera alert following outbreak in neighboring Zimbabwe

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By Xinhua

CAPE TOWN:  South Africa on Monday issued a cholera alert following an outbreak in neighbouring Zimbabwe.

“There is a significant risk that travellers from the outbreak-affected area may present with cholera in South Africa,” the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said.

Healthcare workers countrywide, especially those in Limpopo Province which borders Zimbabwe, should be on high alert for suspected cholera cases, the NICD said.

It urged the public, especially those living in close proximity to the border with Zimbabwe, to use safe water and practice good hygiene to reduce the risk of cholera and other diarrhoeal diseases.

According to the government, more than 5,400 had been reported by Monday, including 30 deaths.

The outbreak is linked to inadequate supply of safe piped water and subsequent use of unsafe water supplies, including boreholes and wells.

As of Sept. 13, there are no confirmed or suspected cases of cholera in South Africa, the NICD said.