South African hospitals overflow as Zimbabweans seek treatment for cholera

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 22 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a3057
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. 1Johannesburg

    Eight people have so far died from cholera and 805 are being treated for the disease in the South African town of Musina, on the country’s border with Zimbabwe.

    Musina is a poor town that has itself faced several outbreaks of cholera in the passt independently of the crisis in Zimbabwe. Hospitals in the town are overflowing, and tents have been erected to treat the influx of refugees seeking treatment.

    A major town in Limpopo province, Musina relies on trade brought to the area by Zimbabweans, either on their way to Johannesburg to find work or returning to Zimbabwe with goods they cannot buy …

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