Police in Harare, Zimbabwe announced that public gatherings have been banned until further notice as the country works to thwart the spread of a cholera outbreak. The government has declared a state of emergency. So far 21 lives have been claimed by the malady.
Cholera is caused by ingestion of contaminated food or water and can kill within hours if untreated.
As of Tuesday 2,000 infections were reported. Fast forward to Wednesday, the number has risen up to 3,067 people suffering.
A school headmaster is one of many people who have been decimated by cholera. In addition two school children in a poor suburb have also reportedly had their lives claimed. A suburban school has been closed until further notice.
Also, the police are cracking down on street vendors. Many of them operate business near unsanitary waste and open sewage.
This fast-spreading disease strikes a nerve in Zimbabwe. In 2008, when the country was at one if its poorest times over 4,000 people died in lieu of a cholera outbreak. This time the government and healthcare professionals are well-prepared to deal with this tragedy so that the country won’t have to re-live the epidemic.