Cholera outbreak kills 700 people in Zambia

Neighboring countries such as Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi have also reported cases.

According to a statement by medical charity Doctors Without Borders, cholera has killed 700 people in Zambia since January 2024.

The outbreak, which began in October 2023, has infected almost 20,000 people in the country.

The disease, which is spread by eating or drinking contaminated food or water, was initially confined to Lusaka and Ndola, Zambia’s two biggest cities. However, it has now reached all provinces of the country and could affect the whole southern Africa region.

Neighboring countries such as Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi have also reported cases, and Zambia’s President Hakainde Hichilema’s government has faced criticism for its weak response to the outbreak.

A large soccer stadium in the capital city has been turned into a treatment center.The ministry of health launched a vaccination campaign in January, aiming to immunize 1.5 million people in high-risk.

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