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By unknown | Feb 03, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

At least 20 people have died from cholera in Limpopo - nine in the past two weeks alone.

The department of health and social development yesterday announced four new deaths.

Spokesman Phuti Seloba said test results from people suspected to have died of cholera had come out positive.

He said a woman, 54, died on January 16. A day later a man and a girl died at WF Knobel Hospital in Moletjie. A woman died on January 8 at Helene Franz Hospital in Senwabarwana.

Seloba said five other deaths were reported last week, two at the WF Knobel Hospital and three at the Dilokong Hospital in Sekhukhune.

Meanwhile, Alfred Moselakgomo reports that authorities in the Kruger National Park said visitors and staff were not in danger though the main rivers that flow through the tourist jewel have been contaminated with cholera.

"Our drinking water is safe," the park's chief executive David Mabunda said yesterday.


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