'Cholera strikes down illegal miners'

Two people died of cholera and eight others have been diagnosed with the disease, the Mpumalanga health department said yesterday.

Two people died of cholera and eight others have been diagnosed with the disease, the Mpumalanga health department said yesterday.

Spokesman Mpho Gabashane said the victims of the cholera outbreak were all "illegal" miners.

"They go underground for two to three weeks and drink unsafe water," Gabashane said, "They do not have adequate ablution facilities and we suspect this is how they contracted cholera."

Health MEC Fish Mahlalela visited Barberton on Sunday and the health department has deployed a disease control unit to deal with the outbreak.

The department had carried out "necessary investigations" within the community near Barberton to ensure the outbreak was contained, Gabashane said. - Sapa

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