Zimbabwe: Cholera Outbreak Takes Toll On Poor and Overpopulated Urban Communities in Harare

Cholera treatment in Zimbabwe.
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There is fear and uncertainty in Zimbabwe's capital as people at the centre of the latest outbreak struggle to cope with the effects on their lives. The cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe has now claimed 30 lives and affected more than 5,000, according to official figures.

Residents of high density Harare suburbs Glen View and Glen Norah, at the centre of the epidemic, spoke of fear and uncertainty about whether they will survive the deadly scourge.

The outbreak has been declared a state of emergency. People across the country have been advised to practise caution. Some schools have been closed and public events barred for fear the disease will continue to spread.

Many feared the disease, first detected on 1 September, had claimed many more than the conservative figure of 30 deaths announced by the government through the Ministry of Health and Child Care.

"It is like we are on death row. You never know who will be the next victim, it's really scary," said Shuvai Tembo of Glen View.

She said the biggest fear she had was about her...

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