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Zimbabwe vaccinates 1.4 million to combat worst cholera outbreak in a decade

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By ITN News Editor October 5, 2018 13:38

Zimbabwe vaccinates 1.4 million to combat worst cholera outbreak in a decade

Zimbabwe has started vaccinating people living in urban areas on to contain the worst cholera outbreak to hit the country in a decade which has left 49 people dead and infected thousands more. The southern African nation of more than 13 million people last month appealed locally for help to raise $35 million to buy vaccines and medicines and to repair water and sewer pipes. Some 1.4 million will be vaccinated, starting with those in the most densely populated areas.

The outbreak of the water borne disease has exposed the lack of maintenance of the country’s infrastructure. Zimbabwe’s worst cholera outbreak occurred in 2008 during the height of the economic crisis, leaving more than 4,000 dead and infecting another 40,000.

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By ITN News Editor October 5, 2018 13:38
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