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Cholera spreading rapidly - WHO


The death toll from a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe has risen to 25, as the World Health Organisation warns that the water-borne disease is spreading rapidly in Harare.

There are now 3 766 cases with a confirmed 25 fatalities. 

The WHO said it was "scaling up its response" to contain the outbreak which it said was "expanding quickly in Harare" - a city of more than two million people.

At least one of the deaths was recorded outside the capital, in the southeast district of Masvingo.

The cholera outbreak, first detected in the township of Glen View outside Harare on September 5, prompted the health ministry to declare an emergency in the city.

Authorities have banned public gatherings in Harare while health ministry personnel are supervising burials of victims.
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