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Cholera fears as rains come; ZIMBABWE.

The Zimbabwean health authorities said 425 people have died In a cholera outbreak and they are concerned It will worsen with the onset of the rainy season.

More than 11,000 people have fallen sick since August, the official Sunday Mail newspaper reported. The number of cases has shot up In the past two weeks.

"What I am afraid of Is that now that the rainy season has come, all the faeces lying In the bushes will be washed Into shallow wells and contaminate the water," the Sunday Mail quoted health minister David Parireny-atwa as saying.

The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights has accused the government of try-Ing to downplay the Impact of the outbreak, which Is blamed on collapsing sewage and water facilities and uncollected rubbish.
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Date:Dec 1, 2008
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