Zimbabwe’s cholera toll rises to 2,024

January 14th, 2009 - 6:52 am ICT by IANS  

Geneva, Jan 14 (Xinhua) The toll in Zimbabwe’s cholera outbreak has risen to 2,024, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said Tuesday.On Monday alone, 117 new cholera deaths were recorded in the country.

Of the 39,806 accumulated cholera cases, 1,472 cases were reported Monday, the agency said in its latest report.

Zimbabwe’s devastating cholera outbreak started in August. Till date 2,024 people have died.

WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said main cause of the outbreak was due to the collapse of the country’s water and sanitation systems.

The global agency estimated that in a worst-case scenario, about six million people or half of the country’s population might contract the fatal waterborne disease.

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