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Cholera sweeps through South African province

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7278.71/c (Published 13 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:71
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    Close to 14000 people have contracted cholera and more than 50 have died in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. The epidemic is spreading among rural dwellers with little or no running water or sanitation. It seems to have started in August after a local authority stopped supplying free water and introduced a charge to very poor people living in an informal settlement near a town called Empangeni.

    The epidemic has begun to spread further, with isolated cases so far showing up in three other provinces. One of these cases …

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