Cholera hits Mutare

Mutare City Council has confirmed two cholera positive cases, one of which imported from one of the cholera epicentres, Budiriro high density suburb in Harare.

At least 49 people have died from cholera since its Outbreak on the 6th of September 2018.

In a statement Mutare City Council said the total number of cases to date has risen to two.

“One more confirmed Cholera case has (been) reported in Mutare, bringing to two confirmed cases,” the council said in a statement.

The City said the first case is of a male Bakers Inn delivery truck driver from Budiriro in Harare who had come to Mutare City on duty.

“He is admitted at Mutare infectious Diseases Hospital where he is receiving treatment.”

The City of Mutare said that there are no diarrhoeal cases linked to cholera in the City of Mutare suburbs “where the driver delivered Bakers Inn bread nor is there any other case linked to his Cholera disease in any part of City of Mutare.”

Mutare City added that the second case is of a one-year nine months old baby from Zvipiriri area in Marange, Mutare rural District Council.

“We urge members of the public to exercise safe and hygiene practices when visiting the toilet and also when cooking or eating food, avoid shaking hands at funerals or any public gatherings,” the statement further reads.  .

City of Mutare has since partnered with the Ministry of Health and Child Care and other partners to enhance the emergency preparedness to contain any Cholera outbreak in the City.

“The Council together with Ministry officials have since recovered and destroyed the bread which was distributed by the driver and everything is under control,” said Mutare City.

The Government of Zimbabwe with the support of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and partners launched an oral vaccination (OVC) campaign to protect 1.4 million people at high risk of cholera in Harare.

 

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