Thursday, January 15, 2009

Cholera: Mpumalanga records first death

NVDL: Apparently this person picked up cholera on a visit to Zimbabwe. Conditions must be getting deadlier there by the day.
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Mpumalanga has recorded its first cholera death, a health spokesperson said on Thursday.

Provincial spokesperson Mpho Gabashane said the South African woman died on January 5 but the department waited for the results of a cholera test first before concluding that she had died of the disease.

"We have the results now and the woman had died of cholera," said Gabashane.

"A couple who had apparently visited Zimbabwe came into one of our clinics on January 2. The woman died on January 5 and the man was discharged on January 7."

Limpopo province has recorded nearly 2 000 cholera cases and nine deaths while the number of suspected cases in Gauteng stand at 162 with three deaths.

The Western Cape has had seven confirmed cases and KwaZulu-Natal six cases, with no deaths in either province.

More than 2 000 people have died of cholera in Zimbabwe, the World Health Organisation reported on Wednesday. - Sapa
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