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Health authorities confirm two more cholera cases

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The Health Department says it remains on high alert after two cholera cases were confirmed in Limpopo.

Deputy Minister, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, is urging the public to be vigilant and maintain personal hygiene.

He noted in a statement on Monday that both cases were “imported from Zimbabwe”.

The first case was confirmed in the Musina area where a 43-year-old man “tested positive” but has since been discharged from the local hospital.

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Dr Dhlomo said another Zimbabwean national who returned to South Africa on 10 January after going home early in December and was admitted to hospital with  "abdominal cramps, watery diarrhoea, and vomiting”.

He said the man remains in isolation and is in a stable condition

His contacts were identified, and the local outbreak response team has been activated to conduct further investigations and provide health education to contacts,” Dhlomo said.

Last June, the country reported 43 deaths in five provinces following a cholera outbreak, with the first reported fatality in the Eastern Cape several months later.

Dr Dhlomo meanwhile added that the country remained on “high alert” for any possible “imported cholera cases” from Zimbabwe which he said had lost 200 people as it battles an outbreak of the disease.

“The department in collaboration with the Border Management Authority, has intensified health screening at Beitbridge border post to mitigate against the imported cholera cases from Zimbabwe,” he said.

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