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South Africans blame city as cholera cases rise

South Africans blame city as cholera cases rise

SOUTH Africans blamed their local government for failing to provide clean water as deaths from cholera rose to 15 in the country's most populous province. The health department in Gauteng province declared a cholera outbreak on Sunday in Hammanskraal, an area about 50 kilometres (31 miles) north of the capital Pretoria, in the City of Tshwane. Almost 100 people have been seen at the hospital, and 37 have been admitted to wards, the city government said on Monday, warning residents of Hammanskraal and surrounding areas not to drink tap water. "We are drinking that water, but they don't want to…
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Malawi delays reopening schools as cholera cases surge

Malawi delays reopening schools as cholera cases surge

MALAWI has delayed the opening of public schools in the southern African country's two major cities of Blantyre and Lilongwe, the health minister, to try to slow down a surge in cholera deaths. The total number of cases and deaths has accelerated to 17,824 and 595 respectively since cases were first reported in March, with the mortality rate increasing to 3.34 per cent, according to the Health Ministry. Cholera is an annual problem during Malawi's rainy months from November to March, where the number of deaths is around 100 a year. But the current outbreak is expected to be the…
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