Critical water shortage in Zimbabwe increases risk of cholera

A critical shortage of potable water across the entire country has increased the risk of outbreaks of cholera and other gastrointestinal infections such as typhoid fever. According to health authorities, many wells have dried up, and people are forced to consume unsafe water.

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Advice For Travellers

The lack of rain has created a major water shortage crisis. All travellers can minimize the risk of exposure to this disease. Strictly observe all food and water precautions in any area where there is cholera. If gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g., vomiting and profuse watery diarrhoea) develop while visiting the affected area, travellers should seek medical care at once.

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