Zimbabwe on high alert for cholera outbreak

The warning comes after 200 new cases of typhoid resurfaced in Harare’s suburbs.

FILE: Zimbabwean flag. Picture: Supplied.

HARARE - Zimbabwe’s health minister has warned that the country is in grave danger of a cholera outbreak.

The warning comes after 200 new cases of typhoid resurfaced in Harare’s suburbs.

This is the latest typhoid outbreak to hit Harare in recent months.

Around 200 new cases have been recorded, bringing the total to more than 2,000 since October.

There have been no reports of deaths, but Health Minister David Parirenyatwa told the state-run Herald that the country needs to be extremely cautious.

He says that the conditions that cause typhoid can cause cholera, which has killed more than 70 people in neighbouring Zambia since October.

Zimbabwe is on high alert for cholera, and has sent teams of health workers to monitor its main border posts in the north of the country.