Floods in southern Africa result in cholera outbreak and displacement

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 28 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:471
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. 1Johannesburg

    A cholera outbreak has hit Mozambique after severe flooding, with many people dying from the disease, which has spread to the capital, Maputo.

    Aid agencies, such as Médicins Sans Frontières, said that more than 70 people had died, but Mozambique’s health ministry, working from registered cases, put the figure at 48.

    Mozambique’s plight has been mirrored in Zambia and Zimbabwe, with Unicef reporting that about 70 000 Zambian families have been displaced by the floods and their homes destroyed, Unicef said last week.

    One concern that Unicef is trying to tackle is the availability of treatment for people with AIDS, …

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