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Cholera cases rise to 90, escalate to third district

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Health Minister Sylvia Masebo 

Chipata District in Eastern Province becomes the third to have recorded cholera cases since the first case was recorded in Vubwi in January this year.

The Zambia National Public Health Institute through its reference laboratory has confirmed 4 cases. Eight (8) people presenting with acute watery diarrhoea and vomiting, are currently admitted to the Chipata Cholera Treatment Center.

The people affected are aged between 7 and 65 years.

Just like Vubwi district, Chipata is experiencing a cholera outbreak for the first time.

The risk in Eastern province is high because of closeness to neighbouring countries experiencing cholera.

Vubwi District yesterday recorded nine (9) new cases and a death in the last 24 hours bringing the cumulative number of cases to fifty-seven (57) and deceased cases to two (2).

The deceased, a 57-year-old man died while on the way to the cholera treatment center due to severe dehydration.

A total of 14 patients, all in stable condition, are admitted to the Vubwi cholera treatment centre following the discharge of 6 patients.

About 22,921 people have been vaccinated against cholera in Vubwi District.

Meanwhile, Mwansabombwe District recorded one (1) new case in the last 24 hours bringing the cumulative total to 26. There are currently 4 patients in the Mwansabombwe cholera treatment center who are all stable on treatment.

Health Minister Sylvia Masebo has however emphasized the drinking of oral rehydration salts solution (manzi ya moyo) as one travel to the healthcare facility.

So far the affected places in the country are Vubwi, Mwansabombwe and Chipata district being the latest.

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