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. Zimbabwe cholera epidemic death toll stands at 1,778: WHO

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Geneva (AFP) Jan 7, 2009
Zimbabwe's cholera epidemic has claimed at least 1,778 lives since August last year with the number of diagnosed cases rising to 35,931, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

On Tuesday the organisation reported 1,732 dead and 34,306 suspected cases of the water-borne disease.

United Nations aid agencies have been warning for weeks that the number of cases could top 60,000, with the impending rainy season likely to facilitate the spread of the disease.

All 10 of the country's provinces have been hit, according to UN statistics, which remain incomplete because of a lack of local medical personnel and communications problems.

Zimbabweans are also struggling against hyper-inflation, severe food shortages and chronic political instability.

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Death toll in Zimbabwe cholera epidemic at 1,732: WHO
Geneva (AFP) Jan 6, 2009
At least 1,732 people have died in Zimbabwe's cholera epidemic and the number of cases diagnosed has risen to 34,306, the World Health Organisation said Tuesday.

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