Two cholera cases confirmed in Limpopo


Limpopo’s Department of Health has confirmed that two patients in the province have cholera among members.

The Zimbabweans, aged 27 and 43 respectively, were admitted to hospitals in Musina and Helena Franz after returning to the province after the festive season.

“Both had symptoms related to cholera and they were immediately tested,” says Neil Shikwambana, spokesperson for the department.

According to Shikwambana, the respective hospitals immediately took steps to ensure the patients’ treatment in accordance with established health guidelines.

“Our medical teams are closely monitoring their condition and providing the necessary care to facilitate their recovery.”

Several neighboring countries of South Africa already reported cholera outbreaks earlier this month. Zimbabwe is one of the areas where cholera is endemic.

Cholera is a bacterial disease that is usually spread by contaminated water. It causes severe diarrhea and dehydration and can be fatal within hours if not treated.

The provincial department has again advised its residents to practice good hygiene when working with food and to always boil water before consuming it.

“We appeal to members of the public to remain calm but vigilant, and to seek immediate medical attention if they, or anyone they know, experiences symptoms consistent with cholera. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential to reduce the effects of the disease and prevent its spread,” says Shikwambana.

The department undertook to provide regularly updated information on the state of affairs.