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cHolera spreads to other areas

By unknown | Nov 27, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

The cholera outbreak that has gripped Musina in Limpopo has allegedly spread to other parts of the province.

The Limpopo provincial department of health and social development reported yesterday that two new cases had been reported outside of Musina.

Health spokesman Phuti Seloba said a man was admitted to the Letaba Hospital near Tzaneen after suffering from the disease.

Departmental records indicate that they had treated 21 new cases of people suffering from the water borne disease yesterday. Another cholera patient was admitted to the Voortrekker Hospital in Mokopane.

The man, according to Seloba, was a Zimbabwean working in Limpopo. He had visited relatives in Zimbabwe at the weekend.

"We want to advice people that it is important to adhere to basic hygiene," Seloba said.

He said this entailed washing one's hands before eating and also after using the toilet.

Seloba said two other patients had been transferred to the Polokwane Hospital after authorities realised that their condition was serious. One was transferred from Siloam Hospital while the other came from Musina Hospital.

Seloba said records indicated those coming in were new cases.

"We have realised that those coming to get treatment were not the same people but were new cases," Seloba said.

He said they had already discharged a number of cholera patients who had gotten well.

"Fortunately those coming in had sought treatment at an early stage of the disease. This makes it easy for us to deal with the disease," said Seloba.

The number of people who had already succumbed to the deadly virus so far stands at four.

The disease was first diagnosed two weeks ago, allegedly from Zimbabweans who had used contaminated water from local rivers for drinking purposes.

They were discovered to be suffering from the disease when they went to the Musina Hospital for treatment.

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