South Africa alerts cholera outbreak

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Following an outbreak in neighbouring Zimbabwe, South Africa has issued a cholera alert on Monday.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said there is a significant risk that travelers from the outbreak-affected area may present with cholera in South Africa.
Healthcare workers countrywide, especially those in Limpopo Province, which borders Zimbabwe, should be on high alert for suspected cholera cases, the NICD said.
It urged the public, especially those living in close proximity to the border with Zimbabwe, to use safe water and practice good hygiene to reduce the risk of cholera and other diarrhea diseases.
According to the World Health Organisation, as of September 11, almost 2,000 suspected cholera cases, including 24 deaths, were reported in Zimbabwe.
The outbreak is linked to inadequate supply of safe piped water and subsequent use of unsafe water supplies, including boreholes and wells.
As of September 13, there are no confirmed or suspected cases of cholera in South Africa, the NICD said.

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