Cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe

Health officials in Zimbabwe have confirmed the existence of a cholera outbreak in Mbare, one of Harare’s oldest suburbs, where at least 20 households have reportedly been affected.

The new report comes as fears in Zimbabwe are rising that the disease may be rampant in the poverty-stricken country, according to MonstersandCritics.com.

Portia Munangazira, a doctor and the director of Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health, said that Harare is still struggling to eradicate the disease in the wake of a 2008 outbreak that claimed over 4,00 lives and affected thousands more, MonstersandCritics.com reports.

“We learned a lot from the experience of 2008/2009, but we can't stop it (cholera)," Munangazira said, according to MonstersandCritics.com. "We still have determinants of cholera."

Munangazira then referred to ongoing problems with drinking water and a lack of proper waste disposal. Sewage is reportedly overflowing into wells used for drinking water. She is certain this sewage contains cholera.

The problem could get better worse it gets better, as the disease has spread outside the confines of the city.

”We are worried that there is an outbreak both in urban and rural areas,” Munangazira said, MonstersandCritics.com reports.

Cholera is an acute intestinal infection that is usually caused through the ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacteria Vibrio cholera. Cholera is diarrheal in nature and can quickly dehydrate its victims.