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WC health dept records diarrhoea deaths in 5 children under 5

The department says at least 25,000 cases in children were reported in the province since November.

Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape health has confirmed five diarrhoea deaths in children under the age of five.

The department says at least 25,000 cases in children were reported in the province since November.

A further 3,000 children were hospitalised with the illness.

Department spokesperson Mark van der Heever says many cases involve children living in informal settlements.

"We are still monitoring the number of fatalities. It will continue until the end of May; then we will be able to confirm whether there has been an increase or a decrease. We have seen a lesser number of deaths as a result of diarrhoea thus far."

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