The death toll in the cholera epidemic detected in February in South Africa rose to 20.

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The South African Ministry of Health has increased the number of confirmed deaths to 20 due to the cholera epidemic that was first detected in February in the north of the country’s administrative capital, Pretoria, according to the latest official balance sheet.

The African country’s health authorities have confirmed a total of 29 cases so far, but only 78 hospitalized for “gastrointestinal infection”, one of the most obvious symptoms of the disease, and a total of 179 cases hospitalized since the outbreak of the epidemic. According to the latest balance sheet released last Tuesday, it was distributed at three medical centers: the Jubilee district hospital and the George Mukhari and Steve Biko university hospitals.

The South African government this week launched a new round of analysis that ended without finding any contaminants in the waters of the two hardest-hit states, Gauteng and the Free State.

According to the statement gathered by the official, “There is no evidence of the presence of cholera bacteria in these sources, leading to confidence that this outbreak was an isolated incident and that the current cases were the result of secondary or tertiary contamination.” Agency of the South African Government.

But the African country’s Minister of Water and Sanitation, Senzo Mchunu, will meet with Tshwane mayor Cilliers Brink this Friday, whose town of Hammanskraal is considered the epicenter of the outbreak, to reform the Rooiwal treatment plant. , is considered a possible danger in the face of future epidemics.

Source: Noti Merica

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