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Cholera death toll climbs to 28 in Zimbabwe

AFP  |  Harare 

The death toll in Zimbabwe's outbreak has risen to 28, said Sunday, as the minister announced new antibiotics were being used after the disease strain was found to be resistant to some drugs.

The outbreak, first detected in a township outside the capital earlier this month, prompted the government to declare an emergency in the city after at least 3,000 cases were reported.

"Although I cannot say we have contained the disease as yet, we are moving swiftly in all provinces of the country," minister told the state-owned

"We have moved into the second line of antibiotics, which is azithromycin, after the first line of antibiotics -- ciprofloxacin and ceftriaxone -- have become resistant to the disease." Moyo said rubbish dumps would be removed from high-risk areas of Harare, sewer pipes would be repaired and vendors had been ordered to halt work.

Authorities have banned public gatherings in the city as a measure, forcing the opposition to call off a major rally on Saturday.

last week launched a crowd-funding effort to raise money to fight the outbreak, publicising bank details on and appealing for donations.

outbreaks have occurred regularly in as authorities struggle to provide potable water and sanitation facilities.

The cash-strapped country, which was ruled by from independence in 1980 until his ousting last year, suffered its worst cholera outbreak in 2008.

A total of 4,000 people died and at least 100,000 people fell ill. UNICEF advised Zimbabweans to prevent cholera spreading by regular hand-washing, drinking only safe water, washing food, cooking it throughly and avoiding shaking hands.

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First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 19:40 IST