Health dept steps up cholera fight

The Health Department says it will target high-risk cholera areas with information and awareness...

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The Health Department says it will target high-risk cholera areas with information and awareness campaigns.

The number of cholera cases in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><country-region w:st="on">South Africa has </country-region>escalated, and officials attribute most of these cases to travel between SA and cholera-stricken <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Zimbabwe</country-region>.

However, some of the cases originated from inside South Africa.

Most of these were from villages along polluted rivers in <place w:st="on">Limpopo province.

There was 48 new cases in Limpopo and 16 in <state w:st="on">Gauteng while <state w:st="on">KwaZulu-Natal, the <state w:st="on">Western Cape and the <place w:st="on"><state w:st="on">North West had a combined total of 13 new cases.

Limpopo was the hardest hit because of its proximity to cholera-stricken <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Zimbabwe</country-region> and had treated more then 1 800 cases of the bacterial infection.

“We are actioning [sic] our campaign really around education, information and awareness. People must know what measures to take to prevent any particular infection." said the department’s Fidele Radebe.