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By late December cholera had killed nearly 1,600 people in Zimbabwe and infected more than 30,000

Section Editor(s): Kennedy, Maureen Shawn MA, RN

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AJN The American Journal of Nursing: February 2009 - Volume 109 - Issue 2 - p 22
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000345416.17542.37
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man suffering from cholera is taken in a cart to a nearby clinic in the high density suburb of Budiriro, Harare, Zimbabwe, on November 20, 2008. A lack of clean water and poorly maintained sewage systems have caused the waterborne disease to thrive. Photo credit: Associated Press.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported. A waterborne bacterial disease, cholera causes severe diarrhea and dehydration. The WHO says the outbreak is being propelled by inadequate sanitation systems and insufficient supplies of clean water; a shortage of health care workers has also contributed to the spread. A WHO delegation has traveled to Zimbabwe's capital of Harare to lead a containment effort. Cases have also been reported in South Africa and Botswana.

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