Officials warn of future cholera outbreaks in urban areas of Zimbabwe

Increasing demand for water coupled with old and crumbling water infrastructure has led to frequent mixing of drinking water supplies with sewage effluent in urban areas. This situation exposes residents to a high risk of cholera. Inadequate water delivery systems were blamed for the cholera outbreak of 2008-2009, which killed more than 4,000 people. A government minister noted that the risk of another outbreak remains relatively high.

Travellers to this area can reduce the risk of exposure tocholera by strictly observing all food and water precautions. Ifgastrointestinal symptoms (e.g., vomiting and watery diarrhoea) develop whilevisiting the affected area, travellers should seek medical care at once.

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