Cholera death toll rises to 38

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By Staff Reporter

Harare City Council corporate communications manager Mr Michael Chideme says the cholera death toll has risen to 38 while over 7 000 cases have been recorded since the outbreak started mid-September.
In an interview with Star FM News, Mr Chideme said the city is doing all it can to remove the conditions that allow water borne diseases to thrive, including clearing of illegal dump sites.
Meanwhile government is battling to control a new crop of malaria transmitting mosquitoes which have emerged especially in Manicaland province.
An epidemiologist with the ministry of Health and Child Care Professor Sungano Mharakurwa, who is based at Africa University said research is underway to study the new malaria transmitters currently only referred to as anopheles unknown. Speaking at the ongoing 5th Pan-Africa mosquito control association (PAMCA) conference in Victoria Falls, Professor Mharakurwa said while the country, which is a member of the e8 group has made huge strides in controlling primary malaria transmitting mosquitoes and eliminating the disease, with most high burden districts now free zones, there is a new challenge with secondary vectors which are yet to be identified and cannot be controlled as yet.

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